The Advisory Committee on Legislation shall prepare for legislative action such matters requiring legislation as may have received the approval of the State Bar's Board of Governors. It shall keep itself informed as to all proposed legislation affecting members of the Bar and the practice of law, and shall take appropriate action for support or opposition to such legislation. It also shall make due presentation of such proposed legislation to the appropriate legislative committee or bodies. (Ad hoc committees will be created as needed for specific legislation.)
TRACK State Bar initiatives.
1) FUNDING ISSUES
A. Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center (SUPPORT)
This proposal requests the traditional state appropriation of $800,000 to the Administrative Office of the Courts to fund the Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center.
B. Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence (SUPPORT)
This proposal asks for renewed funding of $2.5 million to the Administrative Office of the Courts for grants to legal services providers for representation of victims of domestic violence.
2) FAMILY LAW SECTION
A. Antenuptial Agreements (SUPPORT)
3) CHILD PROTECTION & ADVOCACY SECTION
A. Waiver of Counsel in Juvenile Proceedings and Juvenile Court Practice Amendment (SUPPORT)
4) FIDUCIARY LAW SECTION
A. Five Methods for Modifying an Irrevocable Trust (SUPPORT)
B. Amending the Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities (SUPPORT)
C. Creation of a Georgia Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (SUPPORT)
D. Waiver of Counsel in Juvenile Proceedings and Juvenile Court Practice Amendment (SUPPORT)
During the 2017 session, the legislature passed a complete rewrite of Georgia's power of attorney statute. Since the law took effect on July 1, a number of attorneys have discovered issues with the language and execution of a few specific provisions. This "cleanup bill" intends to resolve these issues and provide additional clarity to certain provisions in the law.
E. Amendments to the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (SUPPORT)
The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings Jurisdiction Act was signed into law in Georgia in 2016. The addition of Chapter 11 to Title 29 created incongruities and inconsistencies with Chapters 4 and 5 of the same title. The proposed amendments would integrate citations to provisions in Title 29 Chapter 11 in order to provide clarity for attorneys practicing in this area and to prevent litigation based on ambiguities between these chapters.
5) COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN LEGAL SERVICES
A. Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (SUPPORT)
This legislation would allow unsworn foreign declarations, like an affidavit, to be recognized and authorized under Georgia law. This bill has been adopted in 24 other states including Alabama and Mississippi.
Other issues of interest to lawyers are included in the current legislative update. (Noted above.)
The Administrative Office of the Courts tracks legislation affecting the courts and other legal issues. Visit their website for more information.