St. Simons Island, GA Business Law Firm
Business and corporate law
Our firm represents local, regional, and national businesses that range from small privately-owned businesses to large companies with hundreds of employees. Our lawyers are experienced in the formative stages of a business, including drafting contracts, franchise agreements, employment and noncompetition agreements, and other foundational business documents. We also represent clients in the sale and acquisition of their businesses. The firm’s business lawyers have represented clients throughout Georgia and in many areas of the United States, as well as Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Civil litigation involves the resolution of noncriminal disputes between individuals and/or organizations. Our firm’s attorneys are passionate litigators with experience in arbitration, mediation, and trial. With over 40 years of litigation experience, we pride ourselves on our thorough factual investigations and our knowledge of the procedural and substantive law necessary to successfully present a case before a judge, mediator, or arbitrator.
Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Fiduciary Law
The trusts and estates attorneys at Choate & Company, P.C. have extensive experience with a variety of complex estate planning and estate administration problems. Our attorneys advise clients on issues concerning estate and generation skipping tax, business structure and succession planning, formation of family limited partnerships, asset protection, charitable giving and planning for non-citizens, as well as estate administration and postmortem planning.
Our firm’s family law practice is focused on helping our clients resolve the unique legal issues inherent in divorce and other family law matters. We have an understanding of both the legal and emotional impact of each case on our clients and their families. Often family law matters can be settled by the parties by agreement without having to go to court. At times these highly charged and emotional matters require litigation. Our attorneys have over 40 years of experience in resolving domestic legal matters both in mediation and in the courtroom. We look forward to working with clients to resolve their individual issues in the manners that are best for them.
Homeowner and commercial association law
Our firm has extensive experience in providing litigation and other legal services in all aspects of both residential and commercial developments involving mandatory membership owners associations, also referred to as homeowners’ associations, as well as planned communities, and condominium associations.
We represent associations and individual owners in Atlanta and south Georgia regarding unpaid assessments, covenant violations, past due collections, major repairs and renovations, board member issues, vendor contracts, and other related issues.
For over 30 years our firm has represented both franchisors and franchisees in all areas of franchise relations, including litigation. Our relationships with franchise law firms throughout the United States have provided our clients with unmatched aid in expanding their businesses nationwide and handling litigation when necessary. Our firm assists clients in transforming successful businesses into franchises and we have advised both franchisors and franchisees in the numerous issues that face their businesses and operations in this type of relationship.
The business attorneys of our firm have been involved in consumer finance legislation and litigation for over 30 years. We have represented large companies and national trade groups in drafting and enacting consumer finance laws in over 20 state legislatures, and have been particularly active advising some of the largest companies in the rent-to-own industry. Our firm’s attorneys have represented corporate consumer finance clients in defending consumer finance class action lawsuits and a wide range of other legal issues.
Our firm is actively involved in representing a wide range of clients in construction litigation. Our representation ranges from defective homebuilding and repairs to large-scale building defects and construction issues. Our clients include owners, contractors, and subcontractors who have required representation in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Our firm advocates for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in a variety of capacities, including at 341 meetings, in pursuing adversary actions against debtors to challenge the dischargeability of debts, and defending against Trustee attempts to claw back payments made to our clients.