By: Gregory Gelpi on April 6, 2014 - 9:28am - Add new comment

            It’s that time of year, the time when flowers begin to bloom, pollen makes my car look like a Georgia Tech yellow jacket and there is some golf thingamajig in town called the Masters.

 

            The Masters Tournament reminds me a lot of home. Back in Louisiana, we have a similar annual event called Mardi Gras.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on February 11, 2014 - 10:38am - Add new comment

All of the hullabaloo (I’ve always liked that word) over the upcoming Augusta mayoral race has me wondering what exactly the mayor does or is supposed to do.

 

I’ve read the platforms of those seeking the office, and I read about current Mayor Deke Copenhaver’s legacy (a word I’ve never liked).

 

And it all reminds me a lot of that movie Napoleon Dynamite. In the movie, Pedro runs for high school class president and declares to his fellow classmates, “Vote for me, and all your wildest dreams will come true.”

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on January 9, 2014 - 12:57pm - Add new comment

So, there is good news and bad news.

 

The good? I wasn’t one of the estimated 40 million Target shoppers who recently had their credit and debit card information swiped.

 

The bad? I still had by debit card information stolen somehow, someway, sometime in recent weeks.

 

The security breach at Target was massive and so it got lots of headlines and media attention and rightfully so, but folks get victimized every day and must be prepared when those attacks come.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on December 23, 2013 - 2:46pm - Add new comment

‘Tis the season for giving…and getting tax breaks.

 

With the holidays in full swing, everyone is feeling a bit more charitable. People are digging a little deeper, opening wallets a little wider and giving a little more whenever possible.

 

To encourage this sort of charitable giving, the Internal Revenue Service offers a financial incentive – tax breaks.

 

So with the year quickly winding down and the start of tax season fast approaching, let’s take a look at charitable giving and its impact on your taxes.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on December 20, 2013 - 10:56am - Add new comment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you look. (Actually, it has been since before Halloween.)

 

Christmas trees are popping up in storefronts, home windows, public parks and even government buildings.

 

For many people, this is their favorite part of the year, and I’m no exception.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on December 17, 2013 - 10:19am - Add new comment

With the New Year will come new rights for children in Georgia.

 

The state is enacting a major overhaul of its juvenile code, but I just want to highlight one key change.

 

Starting Jan. 1, the new law requires Georgia juvenile courts to appoint an attorney to each and every child suspected of suffering abuse and neglect, a move which clears away any confusion or doubt as to whether these children are entitled to an attorney.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on November 26, 2013 - 5:00pm - Add new comment

Everybody likes free stuff. I do, and I’m sure do as well.

 

And if you’re searching for some quick, easy and, yes, free legal resources, then, I recommend checking out Georgia Legal Aid’s Web site at http://www.georgialegalaid.org/.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on November 12, 2013 - 12:19pm - Add new comment

It's hard to pick up a newspaper or flip on the TV without seeing a talking head either singing the praises of the Affordable Care Act (perhaps better known as "Obamacare") or predicting the end of life as we know it from the law's implementation.

 

By: Gregory Gelpi on November 1, 2013 - 10:46am - Add new comment

When the guilty verdict is read and the gavel sounds, that might mark the end of the criminal trial for a defendant. However, it doesn’t mark the end of the defendant’s rights.

Although the trial ends, the defendant’s rights to challenge that verdict are just beginning.

So, how exactly does that work?

By: Gregory Gelpi on October 23, 2013 - 9:40am - Add new comment

Each October, our country observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

It shouldn’t take an event or a month for us to be aware of the problem; it is always important to discuss domestic violence and to highlight the resources available to those who are victims of domestic violence.

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