“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

 It can also be the most stressful time of the year. Knowing your rights and how to handle certain situations in advance can minimize your liability. Common holiday situations include hosting a company holiday party; protecting packages from being stolen and protecting your home when you’re gone.

Some of the tips for this holiday season are noted below.  For any holiday surprises you might encounter, please contact me at the Miller & Wynn Law Firm.

Party Host Liability

If you or your company are hosting a party and one of the guests has alcoholic beverages and then proceeds to be involved in an accident while driving under the influence, are you aware or what your responsibilities are as the host of the party?

Georgia’s Dram Shop Act states that if an intoxicated person is served alcohol and, as a result, causes injury in a drunk-driving accident in Georgia, the victim can bring a claim against the server, whether a shop, eating or drinking establishment, or a home owner under Georgia dram shop liability laws.

It is best to ensure no one drives home under the influence.  But if an accident transpires, be prepared as the business owner to understand your rights and provide information on your business policies to your lawyer.  He/she can proactively protect you.

 The Holiday Package Grinch

Let’s talk about a topic with a different set of consequences – the safety of packages delivered by Rudolph, Santa or more likely USPS, UPS or Federal Express. This year, more than 25 million packages will be stolen from our doorsteps or chimneys.

These “porch pirates” are seeking much more beyond cookies and milk. We recommend you take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Request signature confirmation, that way they won’t be left unattended.
  • Have your packages redirected to a local post office where you will have to pick them up from a nearby location.
  • Have your packages redirected to your workplace or a neighbor who stays at home.
  • Go high-tech… you can now purchase a web cam for less than $50 to monitor your porch.

Going Away?

Maybe you’re taking a trip “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house” to celebrate the holidays. There are a few simple things you should do before getting packed up:

  • Put a hold on your newspaper and mail.
  • Don’t share your travel plans on social media.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out on your house.
  • Make sure you protect your pipes, but do turn down the thermostat.

For more information on what you should do if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law this Holiday Season or if you find yourself in need for any other legal assistance, please contact Mike Miller or Christopher L. Wynn at 770-943-2720 or visit www.MillerWynnLaw.com.