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Attorney at Law

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Location: United States of America
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Kevin Pratt focuses his practice in business law, corporations and limited liability companies, real estate transactions, tax deferred like-kind property exchanges, secured lending, and real estate litigation. Kevin Pratt has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs in the creation of business entities such as Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, or Partnerships to facilitate their particular needs regarding, taxation, financing and limited personal liability. After finding that a large percentage of Corporations and LLC's were not created and maintained properly, Kevin decided to focus his practice in these areas.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the University of Georgia Honor Court. Kevin Pratt was a Semi-finalist in the Richard B. Russell Moot Court Competition, and Semi-finalist in the Melvin J. England Mock Trial Competition. He received his Bachelor in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, Accounting, from Georgia State University, where he simultaneously received Advanced Writing Honors from the University's School of Arts and Sciences. Kevin Pratt is licensed to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Gwinnett County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a part time adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he teaches American Law.

 

Forming a company has many advantages to simply operating a business as your self or as a sole proprietor. Some of these advantages include personal asset protection, brandability, credibility, deductible expenses, perpetual existence, access to capital and legal liability. Depending on your actual business you may even be required to form a company. However another important element that is equally important is tax flexibility.
A Living Will, sometimes referred to as an advanced medical directive is a document which lets you decide whether or not to be kept on artificial life support. The document appoints someone as your health care power of attorney to make important health care decisions on your behalf, based on your prior direction, when you are no longer able to do so.
There are over 80 million lawsuits filed every year in the United States making real estate investors and landlords susceptible to major liability of being sued. How do you identify if you are an easy target for a lawsuit? Is your real estate titled in your name? If so, your assets may have a big bulls eye for attorneys.
A person that represents him or herself in court has a fool for a client. When you are personally sued, you become emotionally attached to the case and it is difficult if not impossible to maintain an objective view of the situation. Therefore, it is harder to focus on the best defenses and potential solutions to the dispute.
So somebody owes you money, take them to small claims court right? Well not necessarily, taking an individual to court can sometimes become a very time consuming process and is sometimes completely unnecessary. First you should have a professional small claims attorney, send a demand letter on your behalf, on their Law Firm letterhead.
Estate planning is the process of deciding how to effectively transfer your assets, at death, and during your lifetime. Without proper Estate Planning you could unnecessarily lose a sizable portion of your estate to taxes. While avoiding taxes is an obvious reason for Estate Planning, a more important reason may be in its ability to allow you to direct the transfer of your assets after death.
If you are recently divorced or in the process of getting divorced and the agreement calls for a real property transfer by quit claim deed, do not delay this task. If your future ex-spouse has agreed to sign a quit claim deed to the house, do it now. If you wait until you need to sell or refinance the house, your ex may not be cooperative, or creditors or the IRS may have intervened.
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