Oliver & Weidner, LLC

Together, the firm has over 185 years of legal experience. Please allow us to use that experience to help you with virtually any legal matter you may have.

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Firm Overview

OLIVER & WEIDNER provides legal services for companies and individuals. The firm practices in all levels of Federal and State Court Systems throughout Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Since the firm's inception: We have closed over $750,000,000.00 in real estate transactions; and the firm, either solely or as co-counsel, has settled or successfully tried to a jury verdict litigation matters in excess of $27,000,000.00.
Some clients of OLIVER & WEIDNER include:
Habersham, White & Stephens County Board of Realtors, Inc.
Clarkesville Development Corp, Inc.
Southern Bank & Trust
Cornelia Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
Southern Bancorp, Inc.
Clarkesville Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
Atlanta Based Systems, Inc.Keith Boger Financial Group, LLC
Southeast Federal Credit Union
Family Practice of Habersham, Inc.
Toccoa Service Gas Company, Inc.
Habersham Medical Park, Inc.
North Georgia Floors & Restoration , Inc.
OLIVER & WEIDNER also provides Real Estate Title Work for lending institutions, including but not limited to:
Homestar Financial
Southeast Federal Credit Union
Regions Mortgage, Inc.
APEX
Mountain Valley Community Bank
Stephens Federal Bank
Southern Highlands Mortgage
United Community Mortgage
Verity Bank
Quicken Loans
Rabun County Bank
J. P. Morgan Chase
Suntrust Bank
Southern Bank & Trust
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Regions Bank
Bank of America
BB&T Mortgage
First American Title Company
Community Bank & Trust
Traditions Bank
South Carolina Bank & Trust
USAA
Mountain Lakes Mortgage
Main Office

Main Office
854 Washington Street, Suite 300
Clarkesville  GA  30523

Phone
  • (706) 754-9000
Auto Accident
Automobile accidents often result in the injury or death of the victim. This act of negligence can occur at work, in a medical facility, or as the result of an independent incident.
This act of negligence can occur at work, in a medical facility, or as the result of an independent incident. Georgia families that lose a loved one due to the negligent act of another are entitled to specific compensation under the law.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Suit?
There are specific guidelines in Georgia for filing a wrongful death suit. The surviving spouse is entitled to file a claim as are the surviving minor children.
If no spouse is found, surviving children have the right to sue on behalf of their parent, regardless of age. If there are no children, the parents of the deceased may bring a suit against the entity that caused the death.
In accordance with Georgia law, a wrongful death suit must be filed within two years of the incident which caused the death.
What Our Law Firm Do For You
Families who have lost a loved one due to the negligent action of another must endure much suffering. The loss of a loved one, coupled with the financial strains of that loss are overwhelming. Our law firm is able to help you make a recovery for your loss to help ease at least part of that suffering.
While no monetary compensation can ever replace the loss of your loved one, it can help you face the financial burdens of that loss, allowing you the ability to grieve for your loss without worrying about how to pay the bills.
Estate Planning
Estate planning is an essential part of life that many people put off because they feel it is not necessary at this point in their lives. Sadly, many of these people find out too late that estate planning is not just about creating a Last Will.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
When you have young children at home, or an older child with special needs, it is very important that you establish who will care for them in the event that you are unable. Establishing guardianship is very important because if your children are left without parents, the State may determine who is responsible for their care.
A conservatorship can be used for many things, but is most commonly used to manage money for children. The person that is in charge of the conservatorship will manage accounts set aside for children or disabled adults and help them with their living expenses.
Trusts
A trust can be used for many things, including reducing your tax burden. Many people find that when they place their money in a trust, they are more able to manage their accounts. Additionally, trusts can be set up for children and grandchildren with specific ages in which they can access the funds. Most people use trusts because of the many tax benefits.
Wills and Power Of Attorney
It is essential that you have a Will. This document ensures that when you are gone, your wishes will be met. It will set guidelines for the distribution of your assets. It will also provide guardianship information for minor children. A Will is something that no one wants to really think about, but everyone absolutely needs.
A Power of Attorney is a document that gives specific powers to a designated individual to make decisions on your behalf. A Power of Attorney may be given for single issues, such as medical decisions or financial decisions, or for a broad range of matters.
Our law firm is capable of handling all of your estate planning needs. We will work diligently with you to create a plan that is both financially sound and beneficial to you and your loved ones.
Social Security Disability
Finding yourself disabled and unable to work is devastating. You are not sure what you are going to do without an income. There is food to buy, medical bills to pay and a family to support. Yet you are unable to hold down a job due to the disability.
Social Security Disability Insurance is a program designed to help people in this situation. This program, which is separate from Social Security retirement benefits, provides a monthly income for disabled adults that have had a previous work history. Young adults, who may not have a sufficient work history, are still able to qualify by using credits from their parents accounts.
This sounds like a very simple solution to a very big problem. However, it is not always that simple.
Understanding How Social Security Disability Works
When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you must prepare extensive amounts of paperwork and provide supporting documentation to your claim. You must provide witnesses that can describe your disability, and you must also be prepared to have a different doctor review your medical issues.
If any part of your paperwork is missing, filled out incorrectly or not submitted on time, you will receive a denial for benefits. In fact, nearly 95 percent of all first-time applicants are denied SSDI.
Under the law, you have the right to appeal the decision of the Social Security Administration. Usually, this is when North Georgia residents seek the services of a Social Security Disability lawyer. A lawyer can help you fight the appeal and establish your benefits.
What A Social Security Attorney Can Do For You
The good news is, you do not have to wait until you are denied for benefits to use the services of an attorney. A Social Security Disability lawyer can help you with the initial application, hopefully avoiding any need for appeal. If your claim is still denied, the attorney can fight the appeal until you win your benefits.
When you have won your appeal, you will begin receiving benefits the very next month. In addition, you will receive a lump sum payment for all the previous months that you did not receive payments back dated to your initial filing.
A disability is not something that you willingly accepted as part of your life, it is the result of an injury or sickness that you were unable to prevent. You do not have to suffer financially because you are disabled; SSDI is available to those who qualify.
If you are disabled and live in Clarkesville, Habersham County, White County, Royston, Lavonia, Hartwell, Hart County, Hall County, Gainesville, Franklin County, Carnesville or Cleveland GA and need assistance obtaining benefits, you are encouraged to contact one of our dedicated attorneys for help.

Jim Weidner

Jim Weidner began his legal career in 1987 with the law firm of Drew, Eckl & Farnham, a large insurance defense firm in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988, he began working as an associate with Jack Carey and Chris Walker in Gainesville, Georgia. On January 1, 1990, Carey & Walker merged with the law firm of Deal & Jarrard to form the law firm Carey, Deal, Jarrard & Walker. Nathan Deal, one of Jim's former partners in the firm, was elected to the U.S. Congress in November 1992 (and in 2010, he was elected as the 82nd Governor of the State of Georgia). As a result, Nathan withdrew from the practice of law and the law partnership became Carey, Jarrard & Walker. On March 1, 1998, Jim moved his practice to Clarkesville, Georgia to begin practicing law as a sole practitioner and on January 1, 2006, formed his law partnership with William R. "Bill" Oliver. In January 2010, retired Chief Superior Court Judge for the Mountain Judicial Circuit, Ernest H. "Bucky" Woods, III joined the firm; and in March 2012, retired Chief Superior Court Judge for the Enotah Circuit, David E. Barrett joined the firm.
Jim Weidner was born in Buffalo, New York, on February 15, 1960. He graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982 with a joint degree in History and Political Science. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1982 and graduated from Georgia State University's College of Law in 1987. Jim worked full-time as a clerk with the FBI in Atlanta while attending law school.
Jim is admitted to:
The State Bar of Georgia (1987);
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1987);
The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (1987);
The United States Supreme Court (1993);
The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (1997); and
The Mountain Judicial Bar Association (2006);
Jim concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation, commercial and residential real estate, social security, workers' compensation, corporations, wills and trusts, adoptions, and business litigation.
Elected Office:
Habersham County Board of Education (2003-2007);
Appointed Office:
Director, Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Coopertive Authority (GSCCCA)
Appointed by Governer Nathan Deal, April 2012
Civic Involvement:
Member, United Way of Habersham County, Board of Directors (2001-2009; & 2011 to the present);
Chairman, United Way Board of Directors (2003 and 2004);
Chairman, United Way Campaign (2002);
Member of Habersham Medical Center Foundation (2001-Present);
Member of Clarkesville Business Association (1999-Present);
Member of Habersham County Chamber of Commerce (1998-Present);
Member of White County Chamber of Commerce (2004-Present); and
Member of Kiwanis International (1992-Present).
Other:
Trustee, Tallulah Falls School, Tallulah Falls, Georgia, (2012-2106); Member of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Organizing Director and Secretary for Southern Bancorp, Inc.; and Organizing Director of Southern Bank & Trust, (2005).

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