The attorneys at Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer have extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide array of practice areas. Our attorneys have experience in virtually every area of civil litigation, business law, probate, real estate and tax law. Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides skilled legal services throughout the state of Georgia in the following areas:

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has been counseling Georgia businesses and assisting with their litigation needs for well over 100 years. Our attorneys take the time to learn about your business objectives and partner with you to achieve practical solutions to your business problems. Among the business and commercial law matters with which we can provide assistance include:

  • Selecting the right type of business entity
  • Business formation, including corporations, partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, C-corp, S-corp, nonprofit and tax-exempt companies
  • Employment law matters
  • Drafting and review of all types of business contracts
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Contract disputes
  • Business litigation
  • Negotiating taxable and non-taxable acquisitions and dispositions
  • Advice and counsel regarding officer, director and shareholder duties and responsibilities
  • Collection of judgments

BUSINESS FORMATION

Our attorneys have extensive experience in helping our clients select the appropriate form of business entity-whether that entity be a corporation, partnership or limited liability company. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your business needs and objectives and help you select the proper business entity. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Our firm has a long history of representing both individuals and business entities in all types of business litigation. Unfortunately, sometimes litigation is unavoidable when it comes to resolving business disputes, and our attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with all areas of business litigation. We frequently represent clients in business litigation involving contract disputes, business torts, non-compete agreements and the dissolution of partnerships and corporations. Our attorneys are committed to providing our business clients with practical solutions, diligent representation and superior service. Some of the many business litigation issues with which we can provide skilled representation include:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Business torts
  • Collection of judgments
  • Complex litigation between business entities
  • Construction litigation, construction law, construction contracts
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate and partnership dispute issues
  • Corporate fraud and misrepresentation
  • Debt collection and foreclosure
  • Employment law
  • Environmental disputes
  • Franchise litigation
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Will contests

COLLECTION OF JUDGMENTS

Frequently a litigant obtains a judgment but is unable to collect it because the judgment debtor now appears to be insolvent. Often, the judgment debtor has transferred assets or paid other creditors in a manner which still leaves those assets subject to the judgment.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving judgments against companies or individuals with no assets who are affiliated with other companies which do have assets. The issues arising in such cases include fraudulent transfers, fraudulent conveyances, preferences, piercing the corporate veil, alter ego, bulk sales, and successor liability. Our attorneys have domesticated judgments under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act and have had success in pursuing collection of said judgments. Often, the aggressive pursuit of a judgment debtor can result in the ultimate satisfaction of the judgment on behalf of our client.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has a long history of assisting employers with the resolution of a wide variety of employment law issues. We assist clients with defense of employment discrimination lawsuits under Title VII, ADEA and ADA. We also assist clients with responding to investigations by the EEOC, as well as state and local agencies. Our attorneys have significant experience dealing with disputes involving employment contracts, covenants not to compete and other state law claims.

We assist employers in complying with all state and federal statutes and regulations. Our attorneys have experience dealing with various federal statutes including Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, COBRA and ADA. We can provide our clients with guidance regarding compliance with these acts and assist clients with litigation matters that arise under the various statutes. Our employment law attorneys have significant experience providing representation for employers on a wide variety of subjects including:

  • Age discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, religious discrimination, and disability discrimination lawsuits
  • Defense of sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims
  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Employment contracts
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Drafting severance agreements
  • Guidance on the creation of compensation packages
  • Employee handbooks

CIVIL LITIGATION

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has represented individuals and businesses in virtually every type of civil litigation for well over 100 years. Our litigation attorneys represent clients in all state and federal courts throughout the state of Georgia at both the trial court and appellate court levels. When litigation becomes necessary, our attorneys have the experience and expertise necessary to help our clients achieve the best possible results in a cost-effective manner. Areas of concentration within our litigation practice include the following:

  • Business litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Insurance coverage law
  • Insurance defense
  • Medicare compliance
  • Personal Injury

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

Our attorneys have significant experience representing clients in connection with employment related litigation. Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has represented both employers and employees in connection with a wide variety of employment related claims including contract disputes, employment discrimination and wrongful termination. Some of the employment litigation issues with which we can provide skilled representation include:

  • Age discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, religious discrimination, and disability discrimination lawsuits
  • Defense of sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims
  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Employment contracts
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Whistleblower claims

INSURANCE COVERAGE LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has extensive experience representing insurance carriers and self-insured businesses with respect to coverage issues. When bad faith claims and other insurance coverage disputes arise, our attorneys are prepared to advocate aggressively for our clients and achieve successful results. Our attorneys provide sound legal guidance and cost-effective representation in claim denial and other insurance coverage litigation, as well as offering a comprehensive range of policy review services. Our attorneys are prepared to represent clients in a broad range of insurance coverage issues including:

  • Coverage analysis and opinions
  • Litigation of contested or denied claims
  • Risk management guidance for self-insured businesses
  • Insurance policy review
  • Delayed payment or claim denial disputes involving possible bad faith practices on the part of an insurance carrier
  • Declaratory judgment actions

INSURANCE DEFENSE

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP provides insurance defense representation to insurance companies, self-insured corporations and third-party administrators. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending lawsuits from personal lines insurance claims to catastrophic and wrongful death personal injury claims. The firm defends claims arising in connection with automobile accidents, regulated motor carrier accidents, premises liability accidents, claims brought pursuant to the Federal Employers Liability Act, professional negligence claims as well as other personal injury and property damage claims. We also have extensive experience defending and prosecuting coverage issues regarding insurance policies. Our attorneys provide insurance defense representation to clients in all trial level courts and appellate courts throughout the state of Georgia in both the state and federal court systems. Our firm provides representation with respect to a wide array of insurance defense issues including:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motor carrier accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
  • Professional negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Property damage
  • Coverage issues
  • Declaratory judgment actions

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of environmental law and other land use issues. Our attorneys work with businesses, as well as individual landowners, to achieve creative, cost-effective solutions for our clients’ legal needs. Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides skilled legal services throughout the state of Georgia in the following areas:

  • Federal and state Superfund claims
  • Cost recovery and contribution claims
  • Environmental indemnification
  • Condemnation
  • Takings
  • Telecommunications
  • Right of way issues
  • Fiber optic licenses
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Trespass claims
  • Nuisance claims

PERSONAL INJURY

At the law firm of Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer we have been helping injured people obtain the compensation they deserve for well over 100 years. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims. We offer free initial consultation to all prospective personal injury clients. We have extensive experience in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Georgia boating accidents and personal watercraft accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death

PROBATE AND ESTATE LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has over 100 years of legal experience in dealing with probate administration and probate litigation. We provide superior legal service to our clients in settling estates and contested probate issues. The firm can assist executors of an estate in carrying out probate and estate administration duties, such as necessary notifications, payments of debts and estate taxes, inventory and distribution of assets. The firm works to administer the estate diligently so that the estate can be closed and the family can move forward.

Whenever feasible, we attempt to direct probate disputes into mediation, where a quick and fair resolution can usually be achieved with the least amount of hostility. However, when courtroom litigation is required, our attorneys have extensive experience representing the interests of our clients. Our firm has a long and successful record of obtaining resolutions to probate disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Our probate litigation attorneys have handled all types of probate litigation for clients throughout the state of Georgia. We have successfully represented clients in will contests, trust contests, competency issues, undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty matters. We also have experience in challenging or defending expenses claimed by an executor or trust administrator.

If you object to the trust accounting by a family member, wish to contest a will in probate court, or require representation in probate litigation, our firm offers extensive experience in all of these areas. Our firm also has considerable experience pursuing and defending cases involving financial abuse of the elderly. While many probate attorneys will often refer their clients to another firm in the event a probate matter needs to proceed to litigation, our firm has numerous attorneys experienced in probate litigation. As such, Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer can help you proceed with every step of probate, including any aspects that may require the intervention of the courts.

Whether you need assistance with respect to a simple will, or a complex estate plan, probate help, or have a probate litigation matter, the firm of Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer is prepared to assist you with all of your legal needs throughout the state of Georgia. Our attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with the following areas:

  • Simple or complex wills
  • Georgia advance directives (living wills and durable powers of attorney)
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Administration of the estate
  • Probate Court representation
  • Probate litigation
  • Will and trust contests (Caveats)
  • Years support for surviving spouse and/or minor children

REAL ESTATE

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP, has been assisting individuals and businesses in connection with real estate transactions throughout the southeastern United States for more than 100 years. Our attorneys have expertise regarding both real estate law and the relevant markets for residential and commercial real estate. Our experienced real estate attorneys can provide assistance with a wide variety of legal needs from title work, to document preparation, to closings.

Our firm has advised clients and closed commercial real estate transactions in excess of $70 million. We can help with every aspect of your transaction, from initial discussion and analysis to the final closing and disbursement of funds. Additionally, Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer serves as a title agent for the most reputable title insurance companies in the United States.

Among the real estate matters with which we can provide skilled guidance and representation include:

  • Representing developers of all types of commercial real estate projects, including single family homes and subdivisions, apartment complexes, condominium developments, senior living facilities, industrial warehousing, shopping centers, and others
  • Negotiation of purchase and sale contracts or leases
  • Selection of the proper form of organization for the particular transaction involved
  • Preparation and negotiation of loan documentation (including, loan commitments, loan agreements, security deeds, assignments, affidavits and other encumbrancing instruments)
  • Review and approval of surveys, title insurance matters and other governmental or quasi-governmental regulatory requirements
  • Preparation and review of title insurance commitments and owners or mortgagee insurance policies
  • Closing of the transaction on behalf of the lenders and/or borrowers
  • Review and approval of construction and service contracts throughout the acquisition and development process;
  • Lease preparation and review
  • Land use and zoning
  • Eminent domain
  • 1031 land exchanges
  • Landlord - tenant disputes
  • Residential purchase agreements, title work, title searches, real estate closings
  • Title Disputes

TAX LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides tax planning services for individuals and all types of entities such as corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, S corporations and tax-exempt organizations. From tax planning to IRS audits and appeals, the experienced tax attorneys at Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer are prepared to provide superior legal representation with respect to your tax law needs. Our firm provides representation with respect to a wide array of tax law issues including:

  • Estate tax planning matters, including the formation of trusts, private foundations, charitable organizations and other tax shelters
  • Counseling and planning for business clients on business formation tax implications
  • Taxable and nontaxable acquisition and disposition of businesses, mergers and recapitalizations
  • IRS audits and appeals

TRANSPORTATION LAW

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has extensive experience representing railroads, trucking companies and other members of the transportation industry. Our attorneys have extensive experience with accidents involving railcars, tractor trailers and other forms of mass transportation. Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides skilled representation throughout the state of Georgia in the following areas:

  • Claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act
  • Claims under the Federal Railroad Safety Act
  • Crossing accidents
  • Catastrophic loss from multiple vehicle collisions
  • Serious personal injury cases
  • Property damage claims
  • Wrongful death

RAILROAD DEFENSE

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has proudly represented railroad companies, including Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSRC) and its predecessors, for more than 100 years. In addition to representing large rail companies, our firm also represents Amtrak and shortline railroads in connection with a wide variety of legal matters. No less than nine members of our firm have extensive experience addressing the legal issues commonly confronted by railroads. Our experienced attorneys understand the railroad industry and the laws that govern it. We have experience dealing with a wide range of issues including:

  • Railroad crossing accident cases
  • Serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation
  • FELA cases of all types
  • Federal Railroad Safety Act
  • Freight claims
  • Property damage cases
  • Labor cases
  • Real estate matters

TRUCKING LITIGATION

Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has extensive experience defending truckers, trucking companies, and their insurers. Our attorneys have expertise with respect to investigating accidents and representing our clients in connection with subsequent litigation. Our attorneys have extensive litigation experience in all state and federal courts throughout the state of Georgia at both the trial and appellate levels. We have experience representing our clients in the following areas:

  • Wrongful death
  • Personal injury claims
  • Property damage claims