Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rental Car Disclosures and Coverage

This Thanksgiving, many will rent cars to travel to their destinations. Seasoned car renters know and understand the coverage options and their limits. For those who rarely rent, call your insurance company first to see the type of coverage you may have under your policy. Also check to see what drivers are covered under that policy. If you decide to use the rental company's insurance, don't put that coverage at risk by failing to make key disclosures.

1. If asked, disclose what states you intend to travel. This is especially true if you intend to drive the car to or through New York. Some rental locations specifically prohibit renters from driving in New York.
2. On the rental form, disclose the identity of all drivers you intend to grant permission to operate the vehicle. More importantly, don't deviate from that list throughout your visit. If an unauthorized driver is involved in an accident, you and the driver may be left with no coverage and be held liable for the car and any injuries that resulted from the accident.

So, throwing the car keys at your nephew to go shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday is nice when you have your own car, but it's a liability risk when you have a rental. Just explain this to those who want to use the car and move on to something else like how horrible the Cowboys are this season or what you intend to buy on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Reviewers and Readers Should Be Careful

Woman Ordered To Pay After Mr. Sandless Owner Sues Over Yelp Reviews « CBS New York

More and more, reviews on Yelp and other websites are not worth believing.   If you want to take the time to review a business, stick to the facts.  The woman should have discussed what the company had promised, what it delivered, and what problems she had with the final product.

For my own person use, I believe those people who provide factual details, not opinions.  There are times those "disgrunted" customers simply didn't read the contract, didn't listen to the salesperson, didn't follow instructions, or just don't want to pay the contracted price, among other things.

When looking at a company, I usually disregard the 1 stars and 5 stars and pay attention to those details reviews in the 2-4 star arena.  I also look to see  how many reviews this person has given to other businesses.  A serial reviewer who gives a wide range of reviews is more reliable than someone who signed up to give a hatchet job to one person or someone who always gives 1 star or 5 stars.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Virtual Offices for Meetings and Mail


This month, The McGill Law Firm, LLC has opened up a new virtual office for meetings, deliveries, and mail receipt in Conyers, GA.
This new location is for clients who live or work in Rockdale, Newton, or Dekalb (Lithonia area) Counties.

Meetings are by appointment only (770)367-1234

2385 Wall Street
Suite 100
Conyers, GA 30013
(Approximately 1 mile off of Exit 84 on I-20)


Also, Attorney McGill has opened up a new Maryland virtual office in Gaithersburg, MD for meetings, deliveries, and mail receipt. This location is for clients who live or work in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.

Meetings are by appointment only.

9841 Washingtonian Blvd.
Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Also, Attorney McGill has moved her Long Island Office to
405 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556

New York litigation matters are limited to Georgia residents who have family law matters in New York
New York residents who have litigation matters in the Atlanta Metro area.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 21 - April 30 2015 - Initial Consultation Rates

For new landlord-tenant and family law clients who meet in the firm's Norcross and Roswell offices, Attorney McGill will give free 30 minute initial consultations. Anytime over 30 minutes will be charged at $50/30 minutes.

The initial consultation fee for all other matters and locations is $100/hour. Most initial consultations last approximately 1 hour.

By appointment only (678)353-3217.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

AUTOMATIC LEASE RENEWALS -- Know What's in Your Lease

Tenants and landlords in residential and commercial leases should be mindful of automatic renewal dates. Frequently, leases have a 30-90 day notice of nonrenewal. If neither party sends a nonrenewal notice, the lease may be automatically renewed for another year with a rent increase.

This automatic year renewal may cause a problem for a tenant who wants to leave at the end of the first term, who cannot afford a rent increase, or who wants to change the terms of the lease.

At the same time, an automatic year renewal can create a hardship on a landlord who wants to place the property for sale, who wants to move a better commercial tenant into an occupied space, who wants to increase the rent more than what's in the lease, or who wants to change the terms of the lease.

By contrast, a month to month automatic lease renewal has different hazards for the landlord and tenant. A good tenant has bargaining power to negotiate a lower rent with better terms or leave with 30 days notice. A landlord who is shopping for a good tenant has the freedom of time to shop the rental property to obtain better lease terms. Once that new tenant is found, the old tenant may be entitled to only 60 days notice before he has to vacate the property.

The best thing to do is mark your calendar, think about your plans for the coming year, and make sure you comply with the renewal or nonrenewal terms of your lease. If you have a good relationship with your landlord or tenant, you may want to discuss his or her plans for renewal before the deadline. Otherwise, you may be at a disadvantage in future lease negotiations.

Monday, December 15, 2014


By the time the year closes, this solo firm would have received over 1,000 calls and e-mails from people asking questions or seeking legal representation. Many of those calls were handled through simple 15 minute free legal consultations or e-mail responses. Other potential clients met with me in my many meeting locations in Georgia and were assisted at those meetings or retained me for their cases.

I expect the inquiries to increase in 2015 as I increase my landlord-tenant and family law practices.

If you live in Georgia, Washington, DC, Maryland, or New York and have legal questions or cases in the firm's practice areas please contact me by phone or e-mail.