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Valerie Long, Attorney at Law in Columbus, GA

The stress of coping with financial burdens can affect every facet of your life. You may dread sitting down to dinner, counting the minutes before it is interrupted by harassing phone calls from creditors. You may live from paycheck to paycheck, only to discover that your wages have been garnished to pay off past debts. You may even avoid the mailbox, fearing a letter of foreclosure or the termination of your water and electricity. How are you supposed to get ahead when the debts and fees keep spiraling out of control?

Attorney Valerie Long has been helping people in Columbus, Georgia and surrounding areas find solutions to their legal problems since 1994. Our legal advisors offer a personalized approach to debt relief and family law issues, helping our clients put an end to the fear and uncertainty they have lived with for too long. We can stop the annoying phone calls, stop wage garnishment, and give you the peace of mind you need to live your life to the fullest.

Our Legal Team Stays by Your Side Every Step of the Way

We know that the biggest conflicts in life do not happen overnight, and there is a variety of factors to consider when finding the best solution for each case. That is why we take the time to get to know you and your situation, answering your questions and going over every document to make sure you understand the potential outcomes of your case. Simply put, we stay with you from start to finish so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family.

Attorney Valerie Long performs a variety of financial and family law services, including helping clients to file for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, to file for uncontested divorce, to prepare wills, and to navigate the probate process. If you are facing a contested divorce, we will be happy to recommend an attorney to help you.

We understand how frustrating legal conflicts can be. Our practice was created to support people through the most difficult times in their lives, giving them the advice they need to achieve a positive outcome. Whether you are facing a serious financial setback, are going through a divorce, or need help with probate or estate planning issues, we can find the best way for you to more forward. Contact us today to get started on your no-fee initial consultation.

At Valerie Long, Attorney at Law, we are proud of the respect we have earned from our peers and the bankruptcy and family law courts of Georgia. We have earned a reputation for our service and dedication to our clients, and routinely help people secure their personal and financial futures through:

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Meet Our Attorney

Valerie Long


Valerie has been in private practice since 1994 and continues to show her love of the legal profession by representing her clients with passion and excellent legal representation....

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Why Choose Us

Attorney Valerie G. Long has built her practice on finding solutions to tough problems, relieving the stress her clients have been struggling under for years or longer. Debt can prevent people from sleeping, from taking care of their health, from taking vacations, and essentially from living their lives the way they want to, and Ms. Long genuinely enjoys seeing the look on her clients’ faces when she tells their debts can be reduced or eliminated.

When you work with us, you can expect:

  • Unmatched customer service. Our clients know they are cared for from the moment they walk in the door. On the first visit, we give our clients a written document of their options and go over the worksheet in detail, answering questions and supplying additional information. You make the choices that work best for you, and we file the paperwork and field the phone calls, keeping you updated as your case progresses.
  • Respect and commitment. We often receive referrals from former clients who were so happy with their results, they wanted their friends to benefit from the same legal advice. We are truly honored to serve as your legal advocates, and we show it in the way we address questions and secure your best interests.
  • Competitive rates. We make sure that our legal services are affordable to clients in Columbus and throughout the Chattahoochee Valley area. We offer reasonable rates for bankruptcy and family law cases and do not charge a fee for an initial consultation, allowing us to effectively and affordably assist you with your legal needs.

Let us take the worry out of your situation with our extensive experience, contacts, and knowledge. Call the number on this page or fill out our online form to make your appointment for a no-fee consultation in our office today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a way for people with an overwhelming amount of debt to have their debts cleared, allowing them to start over financially. This bankruptcy eliminates certain types of unsecured debts, such as credit card debts, some taxes, medical bills, utility bills, past-due rent, and personal loans. Some types of debt will not be discharged in bankruptcy, including child support and alimony, student loans, and debts incurred by fraud. In order to qualify, debtors will need to meet the requirements of Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a form of bankruptcy that allows a person to reorganize his financial situation. Those who file for Chapter 13 are allowed to keep their property and their assets, but their debts are not entirely forgiven as they are in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Instead, filers pay back a portion of their debts (generally secured debts) over a three- to five-year period, after which the rest of their unsecured debt will be wiped out.

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Can I File Bankruptcy On Child Support?

Bankruptcy provides a fresh start for many people who have accrued unsecured debts. However, bankruptcy laws consider child support to be a priority debt, meaning it cannot be discharged in bankruptcy proceedings. People who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy will have to include any outstanding child support obligations in their mandatory repayment plan, and those filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy are not protected from bill collectors and lawsuits that seek payment of child support debt.

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What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

The simplest form of divorce in Georgia is an uncontested divorce, which occurs if both spouses can agree on the terms of separation. In addition to being less costly, uncontested divorces are less complicated and typically take less time to finalize than contested divorces.

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What Is The Difference Between Contested And Uncontested Divorce?

There are two ways to classify a divorce: contested and uncontested. Uncontested divorce involves spouses who agree on the separation of their assets and dissolving of the marriage. In a contested divorce, the parties may not agree on the terms of divorce, which parent should house the children, or even whether they want a divorce.

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Valerie Long, Attorney at Law
  • 3006 University Ave
    Columbus, GA 31907
  • Phone: (706) 940-0594
  • Fax: (706) 940-0571
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