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James Clifton

James Clifton

The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
  • Bankruptcy, Probate, Foreclosure Defense ...
  • California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Texas
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Ethics and Professionalism
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David S. Ballard January 5, 2023
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
James Clifton is an effective advocate and a thoughtful counselor.
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Hillari K. December 7, 2022
A lawyer who will get it done Mr. Clifton has been the best attorney money can buy. He has helped me in nearly every way one could need an attorney. He did the closing on my home as he is super knowledgeable in the real estate world. He has handled multiple car accidents for me. He’s handled personal family documentation matters, etc. You name it, he’s your guy. The Clifton Law firm will be my lawyer as long as I need one.
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Biography

James Clifton is the founding member of The Clifton Law Firm, LLC and oversees the firm's multi-state practice. During the course of his career, James has focused primarily on real property, bankruptcy, wills, trusts, and estates. Additionally, he possesses vast experience in suits to quiet title, real property and commercial lending transactions, comprehensive contract formation, title insurance claims, will drafting, estate planning, and probate litigation.

On the weekends, James enjoys donating his time to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Saturday Lawyer Program where he represents indigent clients on a pro bono basis. In addition, he represented Fayette County in the Georgia Attorney General’s state wide food drive, The Legal Food Frenzy. In the past, he has served as an elected member of the Executive Council of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division and is a graduate of the prestigious Young Lawyer Leadership Academy. James is also a past president of the Fayette County Bar Association.

James is a member of the American Bar Association and its Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section. He is also an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia and its Real Property Law Section, Bankruptcy Section, and Creditor's Rights Section; the Florida Bar and its Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; the State Bar of California and its Real Property Law Section; the State Bar of Texas and its Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; and the District of Columbia Bar and its Real Property Law Section.

In addition to the state licensures, James is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. On May 14, 2012, James was sworn into the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Foreclosure Defense
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Video Conferencing
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    All consultations are free.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    For any accident or personal injury cases, we only get paid if you get paid.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We accept all major credit cards.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 270535
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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 1004023
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Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 0064755
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Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
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Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24074043
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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United States District Courts for the Northern & Middle Districts of Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Candidate for Georgia House of Representatives
Georgia House of Representatives
Candidate for Georgia State Senate
Georgia State Senate
Partner
Consumer Attorney Services
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Managing Attorney - Georgia Operations
Albertelli Law
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Law Clerk 2008
Education
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Honors: Graduated 17th in the class with cum laude honors; Governors Merit Scholarship Recipient
Activities: Real Property, Trust, and Estates Law Society, Sports Law Society
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University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
B.S. (2003) | Psychology
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Honors: Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society
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University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
B.A. (2003) | Political Science
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Honors: Hope Scholarship Recipient
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Awards
Good Rating
Avvo
Peer Reviewed (5/5)
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Services
Professional Associations
Executive Council of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
Elected Member
Current
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District of Columbia Bar  # 1004023
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property Law Section
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Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Volunteer Attorney
- Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 24074043
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
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State Bar of California  # 270535
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property Law Section
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The Florida Bar  # 0064755
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
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American Bar Association  # 01323032
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section
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State Bar of Georgia
Member
- Current
Activities: Real Property Law Section, Bankruptcy Section, and Creditor's Rights Section
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Certifications
Notary Public
Fayette County Clerk of Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
262 Questions Answered
Q. How long do you have to sue a city in TX after an accident due to negligence of the city's hike and bike trails?
A: If you want to sue a city for an accident due to negligence, such as an injury on a city's hike and bike trails, you must follow specific procedures and timelines due to the concept of governmental immunity and the requirements under the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA).

Before filing a lawsuit, you generally must provide the city with formal notice of your claim. This notice must usually be given within six months of the incident. Some cities have their own specific notice requirements and deadlines, which can be shorter, so it is essential to check the city's charter or local ordinances.

The notice should include:

The date, time, and location of the incident.

A description of the incident and the damages or injuries sustained.

The name and address of the claimant.

A statement of the circumstances of the incident that led to the claim.

After providing notice, you must file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations. The general statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the incident.

Texas law provides certain protections to municipalities under the TTCA. The Act specifies the circumstances under which a governmental unit may be held liable for injuries. For a city to be liable, you must show that the city's negligence involved the use or condition of tangible personal property or real property, which includes hike and bike trails.

Schedule a free consultation to make sure your injuries are adequately compensated.
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Q. I am the executor of a family trust. I want to sell the property. What is the California Probate Law on executor rights?
A: As the executor or personal representative, you have the authority to sell the property to pay off the estate’s debts as long as the deceased individual did not give the real estate to a beneficiary and as long as you were granted the power of sale. The court may require an order approving the sale if the power of sale was not granted.

When it comes to giving notice to the beneficiaries, you must provide a "Notice of Proposed Action" to all heirs at least 15 days before the real estate sale. This notice should include the terms of the sale and the intended price. If the beneficiaries agree and sign a "Waiver of Notice of Proposed Action," you can proceed with the sale without waiting the full 15 days. However, if an objection to the sale arises and it cannot be overturned by the executor, the sale will need to go to court for confirmation.

If, however, you are acting according to the terms of a trust outside of the probate court, you will only need to abide by the terms of the trust regarding sale of the property and notice to beneficiaries.

Schedule a free consultation to make sure you are administering the estate correctly.
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Q. My girlfriend and her ex co-own a home. Since she is a co-owner of the house, would she be able to allow me to move in?
A: As a co-owner, your girlfriend has the ability to enter the property and invite guests. However, if you intend to live there with her to the exclusion of her ex, you will both be liable for rent to the ex. If the ex also lives there, you alone may be liable for rent to the ex.

If your girlfriend and her ex can't decide how to best use the property going forward, your girlfriend will need to file a lawsuit to partition of the property. In the partition, the court will order a sale of the property if it cannot be divided equally. Your girlfriend can then use the proceeds of the sale to purchase a property of her own so she doesn't have to have her ex's permission to have you live there.

Schedule a free consultation to make sure your ex's interest in the property is protected.
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The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
Headquarters
125 Flat Creek Trail
Suite 120
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Telephone: (770) 828-7339
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
Fayette County Office
10 The Boulevard
Suite 104
Newnan, GA 30263
Telephone: (770) 828-7339
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