South Georgia Law Associates

Our Services

We represent clients in divorce, custody modifications, child support, legitimation, adoptions and much more.

Family Law

We represent clients in divorce, custody modifications, child support, legitimation, adoptions and much more.
We handle sales of land and refinancing of all kinds.

Real Estate

We handle sales of land and refinancing of all kinds.
We represent individuals and businesses, in seeking protection under Chapters 7, 12 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Bankruptcy & Debt Relief

We represent individuals and businesses, in seeking protection under Chapters 7, 12 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
We help you avoid problems so you can concentrate on growing your business.

Small Business &
Corporate Law

We help you avoid problems so you can concentrate on growing your business.
When the time comes, we will counsel and guide you so you can focus on loved ones and not probating your estate.

Estate Planning & Probate

When the time comes, we will counsel and guide you so you can focus on loved ones and not probating your estate.
We handle felony and misdemeanor cases, including DUI and other traffic offenses.

Criminal Matters

We handle felony and misdemeanor cases, including DUI and other traffic offenses.
We represent banks, businesses, and individual creditors in litigation matters in bankruptcy court.

Personal Injury

We represent banks, businesses, and individual creditors in litigation matters in bankruptcy court.
We handle felony and misdemeanor cases, including DUI and other traffic offenses.

Juvenile Matters

We handle felony and misdemeanor cases, including DUI and other traffic offenses.

Testimonials

  • Bill is a great guy and lawyer!

    Bill is a great guy and lawyer. He's super passionate about what he does and is heavily involved in the Thomasville community. His videos that offer legal advice are second to none and portray his expertise in law.

    Robert Austin
  • Professional and personable!

    Always available to talk and explains in detail what to expect. Professional and personable!

    Tracy Wetherington
  • A great guy! Highly recommended.

    Smart and principled lawyer. A great guy! Highly recommended.

    Tony De Sercey
Managing Partner

John William "Bill" Bass, Jr.

Managing Partner

Meet Bill Bass Jr.

Bill Bass, Jr. is the managing partner and sole member of South Georgia Law Associates LLC.  Bill is a 1992 graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received a BA in Chemistry while minoring in Biology.  He attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and received his juris doctorate in 1996.  He has continuously practiced law in Cairo and Thomasville, Georgia, for 20 years, in a variety of fields.  Originally he worked with his father, Hon. John William Bass, Sr., who now remains “of counsel” to South Georgia Law Associates LLC.

FAQs

  • From an individual debtor’s standpoint, one of the primary goals of filing a bankruptcy case is to obtain relief from burdensome debt. Relief is attained through the bankruptcy discharge, the purpose of which is to provide a “fresh start” to the honest debtor.

  • If you die without a will in Georgia, your assets may not be distributed according to your wishes. For instance, if you are married with children, your assets will be distributed to your spouse AND your children, not just your spouse. Further, your children would have full access to their portion of the property once they are 18 years old. Additionally, if you are unmarried without children, your estate is distributed to your parents, if living, and if not, to your siblings and their descendants. The formula then continues to more remote relatives along your blood line.

  • We offer six standard varieties of “for profit” corporations. The first is a standard corporation the second is a statutory close corporation with a board of directors; and the third is a statutory close corporation without a board of directors. The fourth, fifth and sixth options are “professional corporation” versions of the first three options. Certain professions are required by state law to be organized under the professional corporation statutes.  Any of the above can be taxed by the IRS as a C-corporation or as an S-corporation. The tax classification is established after the corporation has been formed.

  • Generally, you must file for divorce in the Superior Court of the county where your spouse resides.  If your spouse no longer resides in Georgia, then you may file in the county where you live.  Also, if your spouse agrees, or if your spouse previously lived with you and has been gone for less than six months, you can file in your county of residence.

  • The party asking the divorce must file a complaint with the Court.  It is a request that the Court do certain things regarding marital property & debts, child custody & support and the specific reason why the person is filing for divorce. A copy of the complaint will be personally delivered to the other spouse by a sheriff’s deputy he or she acknowledges service by signing a document in the presence of a notary public. Typically, the responding party has 30 days to file a written answer to the complaint..

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