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James Clifton

The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
  • Bankruptcy, Probate, Foreclosure Defense ...
  • California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Texas
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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
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    All consultations are free.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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    For any accident or personal injury cases, we only get paid if you get paid.
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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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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
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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
Peer Reviewed (5/5)
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Services
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 270535
Member
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District of Columbia Bar  # 1004023
Member
Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 24074043
Member
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The Florida Bar  # 0064755
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association  # 01323032
Member
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State Bar of Georgia
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered
Q. is name of preparer and 3x3 block.required on a florida deed
A: Deeds must meet the requirements that are outlined in Chapter 695.26, Florida Statute. The requirements include: "Prepared by" statement (name and address of the "natural" person preparing the Deed) Grantor(s) (Sellers-Party Giving Title) names legibly printed in the body of the deed Grantor(s) mailing address Grantee(s) (Buyer-Party Receiving Title) names legibly printed in the body of the Deed. Grantee(s) mailing address Signatures of Grantors Names printed under Grantors' signatures Two witnesses, for each signature and the names of witnesses printed under witnesses' signatures Complete Notary acknowledgment Names being acknowledged Date acknowledgment taken Signature of Notary Name printed under signature Commission expiration date Ink seal A 3-inch by 3-inch white space on the top right-handed corner of the first page of each document and a 1-inch by 3-inch which space on the top right-hand corner of each subsequent page of the document. This space is necessary for us to apply computerized recording information The requirements include the name of the preparer and the 3x3 space. The grantor's name does not have to exactly match their ID. It should, however, match the previous deed in which they were grantee. The notary will also ask for ID of the grantor to confirm that person signing as the grantor is the correct person. If the name of the grantor does not match the ID, you will have difficulty finding a notary that will sign the deed.
Q. Is it illegal for the Lawyer that closed on my house to just keep the past due tax money and did not pay the taxes.
A: If you believe the lawyer is mishandling funds entrusted to him, contact the Florida Bar Association. It is helpful to have written documentation of your requests to the attorney to turn over the funds as well as any responses from the attorney.
Q. The Hoa allows pets to reside in the condo with restrictions as to weight and breed. Can they restrict visiting dog?
A: It depends on the wording of the HOA declaration of covenants and restrictions. If it states that no dogs of a certain weight and breed are allowed, then it would apply to all dogs regardless of the owner. If it states that no property owner or member of the HOA may keep dogs of a certain weight and breed, then visitors would be allowed to bring them in temporarily.
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The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
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
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
The Clifton Law Firm, LLC
10 The Boulevard
Suite 104
Newnan, GA 30263
Telephone: (770) 828-7339
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