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Merlinus Monroe, J.D.

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Diligent General Practice Attorney
Criminal Defense, Custody, and Divorce
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A general practice attorney, whose work is primarily limited to family law (including divorce and child custody, and both contested and relative adoptions, as well as legitimations). He is trained in appellate practice surrounding these issues.

My basic retainer in all cases is $1,500. This includes divorce, alimony, or child custody cases (including contempt of Divorce Settlements). I have an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and I am a former prosecutor, but I do not seek criminal defense work any longer (though I am capable and willing to do this work, if requested). As I said, I have significant specialization in contested adoption matters. I will arrange a monthly payment plan, with a cap on the maximum monthly fees that you are responsible for paying (though it does not limit the work that I perform on your case, as I will work to meet deadlines to ensure your case continues to progress) for the total amount of the representation. Lastly, I set a total price for my hourly work on the case, which depends on your individual circumstances and resources (be aware of the adoption tax credit, which provides reimbursement for expenses associated with a qualified adoption). I would rather help you than see you suffer, but I will NOT file any offensive pleadings until my retainer is paid in full. My hourly rate is $200 per hour, and there is a $75 document/miscellaneous fee per month for costs associated to the pens, paper, discs, and other matters that are involved in operating a legal solo practice. ALL COSTS (such as filing costs, document fees, etc.) ARE THE STRICT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT. Further, if the case requires any travel outside of Hall County, there will be an agreed-upon cost per mile traveled, to be included in any monthly billing. I have also been admitted to practice in the federal courts, and am more than willing to represent persons accused of federal offenses. I am known for being both knowledgeable and effective.

I had previously spent approximately a year as an Assistant District Attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit, assigned to prosecute all felony and misdemeanor crimes in Towns and Union Counties. Before that, I was an Associate Attorney with a local law firm practicing many different areas of law, but primarily child custody and divorce, real estate work, and incorporations.

I also worked from June 2007 until May 2009 as the Hall County Law Librarian, operated by the Superior Courts of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. As a consequence of this employment, I could not appear for anyone or sign any pleadings under my own name in Hall or Dawson Counties, though I can and will perform full representation in every State Court in Georgia now, am admitted to practice before the Northern District of Georgia Federal District Court, and my abilities at legal research are excellent.
On the morning of July 3, 2003, I was driving to cover Court for another attorney during a tropical storm, when I was blown off the road by the intense rain and high winds. I spent approximately onemonth in a coma and then unconscious. The accident left me paralysed on my right side, and I spent approximately seven months after I awoke re-learning how to walk, talk, etcetera, so that I could return to work as a self-employed attorney. Most people cannot even begin to guess at this upon meeting me, I am pleased to say.

I have experience at, and am considered proficient in, international law (such as Hague Convention work and also Civil Law concepts, as well as international child support obligations), municipal law, business law, and intellectual property work, including trade secret practice and litigation of trade secret issues. I have served as counsel for several corporations in their State law claims and defenses. I also have substantial experience at incorporations. I have performed real estate research, title work, and real estate litigation. I am decidedly not a tax law or bankruptcy specialist, nor do I give any advice in those areas of the law. Lastly, I have substantial experience not listed on my abrogated resume below in the area of collections law, and I have successfully collected debts due, judgments, done lien-work, and practiced defense of such efforts.
Practice Areas
 Legal Services  Criminal Law  Juveniles
 Abuse (Child, Domestic, Sexual)  Divorce  Negligence
 Children (Custody, Support)  Family Law  Personal Injury
 Contract Disputes
 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Tulane University School of Law – Juris Doctor
Certificate of Proficiency in European Legal Studies
Graduated May 2001 - New Orleans, Louisiana
Association of Trial Lawyers of America; International Law Society; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Moot Court Board; Moot Court Interschool Trial Team (ATLA)
2000-2001 - Senior Appellate Champion
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society; Associated Student Body Chief of Staff; Inns of Court; Moot Court Board; Moot Court Interschool Appellate Team (2000 Jessup Team); Moot Court Open Chairperson; Order of the Barristers; Senior Trial Semifinalist; Fencing Club President
University of Georgia - Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
Athens, Georgia
Graduated May 1998 - Athens, Georgia
Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society; Dean’s List; Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity; President’s Scholar
Oxford University - Study Abroad
Oxford, United Kingdom
International Law and International Conflicts at Hereford and Baliol Colleges
Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
Master Mason
State Bar of Georgia
Northern Judicial Circuit of Georgia Federal District Court
Supreme Court of the United States
American Bar Association
Other Languages
Conversational Spanish, Basic Arabic, Basic French
Bar Admissions
Post Office Box 2686
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