Paula J. Mcgill

Paula J. Mcgill

  • Landlord Tenant, Business Law, Family Law...
  • District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, New York
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Attorney Paula J. McGill provides personal service to a variety of clients. She is comfortable representing individuals and small to medium sized businesses. Moreover, Attorney McGill is not afraid to go after large corporations to force them to take personal responsibility for damages they cause. Her confidence in pursuing these companies comes from her 20+ years of experience. Furthermore, she is skilled in efficiently and effectively representing clients of most budgets. Many clients return for additional services or recommend her to family and friends. In addition to the offices noted below, the attorney has three additional offices in the Atlanta Metro area and access to numerous meeting locations throughout Gwinnett, Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Rockdale, and Newton Counties. Similarly, if you are located in Maryland (Baltimore, Prince George's County, or Montgomery County), Washington, DC, or New York (Long Island, NYC, Westchester) there is an office suite available to meet with Ms. McGill to discuss your legal matter. For more information about the practice or about your particular legal issue, please use the contact information form provided on this website or contact Attorney McGill at pmcgill@mcgilllawoffices.com. You can also read more about the attorney and legal issues on her legal blog to obtain more information at mcgilllaw.blogspot.com.

Practice Areas
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Business Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Divorce
  • Consumer Law
  • Probate
Additional Practice Area
  • Small Claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I provide free 10 minutes initial consultations by phone or e-mail.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Georgia
Maryland
New York
Professional Experience
Managing Member
The McGill Law Firm, LLC
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Associate
Lord Bissell & Brook (Now Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell)
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Associate
Wallace King Marraro & Branson
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Associate
Piper & Marbury (Now DLA Piper)
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Education
University of Pennsylvania
J.D. / Law
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Kennesaw State University
MBA / Finance
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Emory University
B.B.A. / Finance
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Legal Answers
288 Questions Answered

Q. Can former landlord keep my deposit and sue me on top of that for alleged damages?
A: Under the law, the security deposit is supposed to be placed in a trust account. If it is not, the security deposit cannot be withheld for damages. The exception would be if the owner did not have a management company and did not have more than 10 rental units. (See OCGA 44-7-36) Moreover, if you sue for return of your security deposit, the judge can award you three times the wrongfully withheld deposit plus attorney's fees. If you sue in Magistrate Court and are unhappy with the results, you can appeal to State or Superior Court. At that point, the evidence is submitted again before a new judge. Yes, in both cases, judges generally follow the law.
Q. I recently got married and my husbands ex is demanding more child support due to us being married can she do that
A: He can asked for anything, but that doesn't mean he will actually get it. He will probably argue that your expenses have declined as a result of being married. If you moved into his house or apartment, your expenses have definitely declined. It is up to the judge to hear both sides and make an assessment. This isn't a cut and dry case. If he has a lawyer, you should think about hiring one.
Q. Can I sue for a constructive eviction and get my rent/deposit back? Would I be awarded damages? Is it a good case?
A: Based upon the facts you presented, you should be able to get out of your lease because the location is uninhabitable. As far as the failure to disclose lead paint and asbestos in the house, that is a serious issue. Your children should be tested for lead in their systems. Also, review your lease. Standard leases have sections for natural disasters. If there is a section that covers the hurricane, has the landlord complied with his duties under that section?
Q. My ex- just want to put the child support money in a college account instead of giving me the money, is it legal?
A: Unless the child support order states differently, child support is for the monthly support of the child (food, clothes, shelter). If he refuses to pay you directly, and there is a child support order, file a petition for contempt.
Q. By Ga Law am I required to clean carpet and repaint walls in the home I'm renting my security dep is being threatened.
A: If your lease requires you to clean the carpet before you leave, you have to do so. Similarly, if you changed the colors of the walls during your tenancy, the landlord may require you to return them to the original colors. Similarly, if the paint has been damaged beyond the normal wear and tear, you will have to paint the walls or be charged for it.
Q. Can my landlord charge me for late fees if he's been accepting the monthly payments regardless?
A: Look at your lease. If it is a standard lease there is a nonwaiver provision. This provision states simply because the landlord had not enforced a provision in the past does not prevent him from doing so in the future.
Q. If the lease is up, can the landlord evict me without requesting for eviction through court?
A: The landlord cannot simply put your items out of the rental property and change the locks. First, the landlord must make a demand for possession for a date certain. Second, if you don't leave by the deadline given to the landlord he can file a dispossessory in court. Third, if you don't answer within 7 days of service the landlord can obtain a writ of poesssion from the court. If you don't appear in court for the scheduled hearing, the landlord can obtain a writ. If you lose after the scheduled hearing, the landlord can obtain a writ. After a writ is issued, the landlord schedules a time for the sheriffs to come out to oversee the removal of the items from the property.
Q. If you are already paying child support thru child support recovery set by them how do I go about getting set visitatio
A: He has to go through Superior Court in the county where the child resides (assuming the child is in Georgia) and legitimate the child, if that hasn't already been done. The friend can seek visitation in the same action he seeks legitimation. Nobody has to hire a lawyer in family court matters. However, it would be wise to consult with one beforehand. After the consultation, he can make the decision about whether he should hire one for the matter.
Q. when i take my childrens dad to court for childsupport can he ask for joint custody although he never did anything
A: He can always ask for joint custody after he legitimates the children. It does not mean he will receive it. Oftentimes, this threat is made for the sole purpose of scaring gullible mothers into not seeking child support. Get child support. The children deserve it. Moreover, even if you don't seek child support, he can always seek custody or visitation, after all he is the father. Unless he is a dangerous criminal or some other loathsome person, he can always obtain some sort of visitation, at the minimum. \Nevertheless, at their young age and his prior non-involvement, it is highly unlikely he will obtain primary physical custody of the children.
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