Areas of Practice

Adoption

We handle all types of adoptions including agency and private adoptions, stepparent, international and interstate compact cases.

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Banking and Financial Services

Our firm provides extensive advice to regional banks concerning commercial lending. We offer expert counsel to institutional lenders in several areas of commercial lending, including lender liability, bank regulatory matters, construction and permanent commercial real estate lending, secured/unsecured corporate credit facilities, asset-based financing transactions, leveraged acquisition and recapitalization, loan workouts and restructurings, tax-exempt bond and tax credit financing, and other transactions. Our commercial lending attorneys help our clients fully understand the legal implications of complex loan documents, providing them with the information they need to make sound business decisions.

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Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights

Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford offers its clients significant experience in the areas of creditor’s rights and bankruptcy. We recognize that our clients are facing an increasing need in these areas, and we are eager to meet that challenge. We represent clients of all types in matters relating to the debtor and creditor relationship, as well as in the defense and prosecution of causes of action arising under the Bankruptcy Code. We have a particularly strong tradition of representing local and regional banks in all areas relating to distressed borrower’s, creditor’s rights and work-outs. Our years of experience in these fields is unsurpassed by any other law firm in the area.

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Business and Corporate Law

Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford offers a wide array of business services to its diverse clientele.  Our clients range from small closely held businesses to international, publicly traded corporations.  We have extensive experience in assisting our clients in establishing and structuring new businesses, joint ventures and partnerships, focusing on the relationships between the contracting parties, the tax aspects of their ventures and contractual relationships with third parties.  We have significant expertise in business acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and reorganizations, as well as day-to-day and long-term corporate governance and planning matters. In addition to for profit ventures, we have assisted in the formation of numerous public charities and foundations and continue to aid them in addressing the common and unique challenges facing such organizations. In addition to the foregoing, we have extensive experience in negotiating a wide range of contractual relationships, including franchise agreements, license agreements, leases, licenses, financing documents, distributorship agreements and manufacturing agreements for companies in all stages of the typical corporate “life cycle”. With respect to start-ups, we understand the need for business owners to establish guidelines for addressing the future successes of their ventures as well as possible downturns due to factors ranging from negative market trends to disputes between the owners of the business.  Our goal is to enable our clients to proactively address the tax, management, compensation and related issues arising from the various business cycles experienced by new ventures. Unfortunately, the owners of some businesses, whether such businesses are nascent or mature, find themselves embroiled in disputes over the management, ownership and financial affairs of the venture.  We have ushered many clients through such troubled waters through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Additionally, we have represented multiple small and large corporations in connection with their ERISA and employee benefits and employment compensation needs.

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Civil and Domestic Mediations

We handle both private and court connected civil and domestic mediations.

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Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Page, Scrantom, Sprouse Tucker & Ford, P.C. has an active real estate practice engaged in the acquisition and disposition of multifamily, commercial, hotel/motel, assisted and independent living, industrial, and residential real property; lending, financing and financial restructuring; leasing; land development; tax and public incentive programs; SBA lending; zoning and rezoning applications; bond financing (taxable and tax free); commercial backed mortgage financing, letter of credit financing.

We provide legal services to commercial property owners as well as real estate developers, investors, and financial institutions by assisting in the evaluation of current and proposed property assessments and negotiating with revaluation companies and municipal assessors. We are experienced in all types of commercial and residential property matters. Variances, special use permits, zoning amendments and public entitlements can greatly influence planning and budgets, and require experienced counsel. We also protect our clients’ investments through real estate tax services for businesses and multiple property owners.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA)

Employee benefits law encompasses a wide spectrum of matters, including assisting clients with compliance issues related to new laws and regulations, working with government agencies (such as the IRS) on matters such as audits and investigations, and assisting with planning and updating retirement plan documents, with particular emphasis on benefits arrangements regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (commonly known as "ERISA"). The attorneys at Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford can help you successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of federal, state and local laws that govern the workplace.  

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Estate Planning

The Estate Planning group works with individuals, families and their advisors in our Columbus and Atlanta offices to design estate plans that effectively address each client’s unique tax and non-tax needs.  Our attorneys have significant experience drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorneys and medical directives; elder law and special needs planning; life insurance planning; prenuptial agreements; charitable gift planning; estate and income tax planning; formation of family business entities, including family limited partnerships; preparation of buy-sell agreements; conservation easements; and the representation of individuals and corporate executors and trustees in trust and estate administration and litigation.

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Exempt Organizations

Members of the Firm have significant experience in the formation and on-going representation of tax exempt organizations throughout the Southeast. Clients include family foundations, corporate foundations, and a wide variety of public charities, including community foundations, university-related foundations, and religious organizations. Members of our Exempt Organization team have deep experience in a full range of tax-exempt services, including applications for recognition of tax-exempt status, change of exempt function, examinations and audits, relief for late-filed applications, operational non-compliance, drafting and updating governance documents, and both family foundation and public charity governance consulting services.

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Family Law

Our law firm handles litigation in all types of family law cases including divorce and custody cases.

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Franchise Law

Franchising is changing rapidly and can be highly complex; compliance with the laws governing franchise sales require thorough knowledge of applicable law as well as experience protecting clients' interests. The attorneys at Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford represent both franchisors as well as franchisees, providing a full array of services which include counseling prospective buyers of a franchise, preparing franchise agreements and disclosure documents, handling state filings, and dealing with disputed matters such as buyouts, termination issues, non-competition covenants, and other matters. We can draft offering materials that comply with applicable federal and state regulatory requirements as well as assist clients with ongoing compliance needs, including transfer and termination, amendment/renewal of registration, and structuring in-house compliance programs.

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Guardian Ad Litem Work

Our lawyers handle Court appointed and private guardian ad litem cases throughout the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, in both Superior and Probate Courts of this State.

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Housing and Urban Development

We engage in extensive general representation of local Housing and Development Authorities, including bond financing, land acquisitions and condemnation proceedings in furtherance of their respective roles in housing and development programs. Our attorneys have well over 130 years of collective experience in bond financing transactions, serving in such roles as issuer counsel, bond counsel and bank counsel.

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Labor and Employment

Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, P.C. provides expert advice concerning general employment matters, union avoidance, and policy design and review; employer representation in employment litigation involving contracts, termination, discrimination and retaliation, wrongful discharge, noncompetition, trade secret and other employment cases; representation before the EEOC, NLRB, OSHRC and other federal and state agencies and courts; employment contracts and executive compensation.

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Litigation

Our litigation practice capitalizes on experience and training handed down over 100 years. With more than a dozen trial attorneys, we aggressively and creatively approach each case so that successful resolution through settlement or, if appropriate, trial and appeal, is achieved expeditiously and efficiently. While the largest portion of our practice is in the Georgia and Alabama federal and state courts, we can and do handle matters across in the country. We go where our clients need us.

We are experienced in a wide spectrum of areas, including corporate, banking, municipal liability, products liability, employment, bankruptcy, fiduciary rights and obligations, probate, zoning, real estate, insurance coverage and defense and personal injury.

We represent both plaintiffs and defendants and believe we are strong and reasonable advocates for our clients.

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions

The members of our Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions group have extensive experience in business combinations, divisions and dispositions, including dispositions of all or portions of business to private equity groups.  Our experience in such transactions covers a wide range of industries, including tech, industrial manufacturers, retail sellers, and service providers.  Our team provides guidance in structuring and negotiating all facets of such transactions including tax consideration, due diligence production and support, non-competition agreement, employment agreements, financing arrangements, royalty agreements, and more.

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Taxation

A number of our attorneys hold advanced degrees in tax law and provide experienced tax representation in federal, state, and local tax matters for individuals, trusts and estates, and a broad spectrum of business entities and tax-exempt organizations. Our Tax group regularly represents and advises individual clients on income tax planning, business investment structuring, business succession planning, asset protection issues, estate and gift planning, and property tax disputes.

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Trademarks and Copyrights

Our attorneys offer broad services in connection with the preparation, filing and prosecution of trademark and copyright applications, licensing of trademarks and copyrights, and protecting and enforcing trademark rights and copyright.

We assist clients in determining the availability and viability of new and existing word marks and logos through the performance and review of limited and extensive trademark searches. Based upon the results of such searches and opinions issued in connection therewith, our clients are able to better structure their marketing and advertising efforts so as to avoid conflicts arising from potential and actual trademark infringement.

Once a mark is deemed to be viable, we offer trademark filing and prosecuting services, handling all aspects of the registration process, including responses to office actions, third party oppositions to registration and co-terminous use agreements.As a client’s mark courses its way through the registration process and thereafter, we maintain a calendaring system to remind clients of upcoming deadlines for filing such items as responses to office actions, statements of use, declarations of incontestability, statements of continued use and renewals.  We also offer “watch” services pursuant to which we perform periodic searches to ensure no third party has attempted to file a registration for a potentially confusing mark.

A rapidly growing area of expertise for our firm is trademark litigation.  We have successfully defended and protected clients’ marks in a variety of arenas, including mediation, federal court litigation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

We also assist clients from a variety of fields in licensing the use of their marks and/or copyrighted materials to third parties and, conversely, the use of third party marks and copyrighted works.  Such licenses have involved marks and copyrighted works used in connection with a range of goods and services from outdoor grills and camouflage patterns to internet businesses and software.

Our trademark attorneys have membership with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Georgia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section.

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