Gilmer County, Georgia Estate Planning Lawyers

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Jeffrey Ira Fouts
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Gilmer County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(706) 636-5291 572 Maddox Drive #213
Ellijay, GA 30540
Estate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Tax
Atlanta Law School
Attorney Jeff Fouts’ family has been living in North Georgia since 1860. Jeff and his wife, Laura, have two children, Alex and Eden. Jeff is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia (since 1993), the State Bar of Atlanta, and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has attended the Investment Training Institute and has received financial planning training. He formerly held a license as a registered investment advisor to assist clients with financial planning. When not working on his clients’ behalf, Jeff...
Nancy Cochran Maddox
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Gilmer County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(706) 276-3707 489 Highland Crossing
Suite 202
East Ellijay, GA 30540
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The University of Georgia School of Law
Cortney Stuart
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Pickens County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(706) 253-3060 44 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
Florida Coastal School of Law
Cortney M. Stuart's legal background began with the Superior Court of Athens, Georgia, where she interned while studying as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, from which she graduated with Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Political Science. She later graduated from the Florida Coastal School of Law, cum laude, receiving her Juris Doctor in May of 2011, subsequently sitting for the Georgia and Tennessee Bars in July of 2011, and being admitted to both in November of 2011. In 2012, she began her career as an associate at the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, LLC. Under Edwin Marger's...
Pickens County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(706) 253-2971 183 Stegall Dr
Jasper, GA 30143
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Cumberland L.S./Samford
Pickens County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(706) 301-1000 21 Court St
Jasper, GA 30143
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Georgia
DJ Jeyaram
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(678) 325-3872 11175 Cicero Drive
Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Health Care
Emory University School of Law
Healthcare, Regulatory, Special Needs & Estate Planning Attorney and Judge of Gwinnett County Magistrate Court

Mr. DJ Jeyaram provides legal services to a wide variety of healthcare providers including physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, Medicaid waiver providers as well as special needs families.

Healthcare & Regulatory

Mr. Jeyaram concentrates in healthcare regulatory matters, primarily in administrative appeals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and program integrity audits and investigations.

Mr. Jeyaram’s practice also includes assisting clients with Stark, Anti-kickback issues, Certificate of Need (CON), Letters of Non-Reviewability (LNR), acquisition and opposition, as well as negotiating business, employment and contractual relationships between healthcare providers.

Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships &...
David J. Blevins
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Whitfield County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(706) 278-3535 P.O. Box 1678
305 Pointe North Place, Suite 2
DALTON, GA 30722
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Products Liability
The University of Georgia School of Law
David's practice includes personal injury, probate litigation, wills, and business litigation. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985 where he was a member of the mock trial team. Upon graduation from law school, David began his practice in Dalton with Robert A. Whitlow. Over the years David has handled numerous complex cases. They include personal injury cases such as product liability, defective highways, and medical malpractice. He also handles business litigation involving questions of international jurisdiction, RICO and insurance coverage. In 2012, Governor Nathan Deal appointed David to be superior court judge where he served...
Stephen M. Worrall
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(770) 425-6060 3750 Palladian Village Drive
Suite 500
Marietta, GA 30066
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Georgia
As a sandwich generation kid himself, Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall KNOWS the struggles you are facing as you raise children, balance the demands of your job, and take care of your aging parents, too! He also helps parents of minor children plan for the unthinkable, from a parent's perspective. He is an experienced wills, trusts and estate planning attorney, probate lawyer and adoption attorney in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice in all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship, elder law, and adoption.
Ronald E. Dobelstein
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney
(866) 408-7020 2500 Northwinds Pkwy
#330
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Estate Planning, Construction, Divorce and Family
University of Miami School of Law
Ronald E. Dobelstein, Esq. is a dedicated Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, providing superior legal representation in the areas of Divorce Law, Family Law, Wills and Trusts and Construction Law. Ron has practiced law since 1976. His goal is to utilize his experience, skill and dedication to efficiently obtain the best results for each of his clients.
Gregory Riley
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
11555 Medlock Bridge Road
Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Tulsa
Welcome. At Riley Law Firm, I work with clients in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning, real estate closings, and general business matters. With offices in Buford (Hamilton Mill) and Johns Creek, I offer my experience and dedication to build lasting client relationships in order to better serve my clients and help them make informed legal and financial decisions.
Daniel R. Duello
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Union County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(706) 603-3036 P.O. Box 1802
Blairsville, GA 30514
Estate Planning, Appeals, Criminal and Personal Injury
Georgia State University College of Law
Prior to moving to Blairsville, Daniel was a partner in one of the largest law firms in the State of Florida, with over 400 attorneys. Through his work, Daniel was awarded the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest ranking for ethics and legal ability.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University where he had the honor of interning with a U.S. Representative. Mr. Duello received his Juris Doctor from the Georgia State University School of Law.

Daniel and his wife Katherine moved to Blairsville to raise their children in a supportive, moral, and beautiful environment. Daniel...
David McGuffey
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Whitfield County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 241-8755 400 N. Selvidge
Dalton, GA 30720
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
University System of Georgia - Georgia State University
David L. McGuffey is in private practice with the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLC located in Dalton, Georgia. David limits his practice to Elder Law. This means he helps individuals who are elders or who have special needs, as well as their caregivers. Much of David's practice is devoted to helping individuals with chronic health conditions find, get and pay for good long-term care. David is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and as an Elder Law Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. David is AV...
Mr. Jim Fletcher
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(404) 409-5665 2993 Sandy Plains Rd Ste 225B
Marietta, GA 30066
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
Jim Fletcher is the founder of the Fletcher Law Firm. Jim rose to the level of senior associate at two prestigious Buckhead and Dunwoody law firms, where he developed experience in not only probate, estate planning and corporate law, but also in complex civil litigation and real estate matters. Super Lawyers has selected Jim as a “Rising Star”. He is a frequently-requested speaker for Georgia continuing legal education seminars, and founded the Kids Protection Center as an organization that provides parents and families with resources and information to help keep our children safe. Education: He...
Adam Lilly
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(678) 807-9150 351-B Dahlonega Street
Cumming, GA 30040
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The University of Georgia School of Law
Frederick Peter Kross III
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Gwinnett County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(770) 676-1233 1400 Buford Hwy
Suite F-1
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
Georgia State University and Georgia State University College of Law
Are you considering filing for bankruptcy? Are you unsure where to turn now that you feel confused and worried about the wellbeing of your future? If so, then you can’t wait another minute to begin working with the intensive care of a legal professional. At Fred P. Kross, PC, you will be able to bring your questions the answers that are so necessary. Don’t let your heartache be forgotten unnecessarily. Rather, work towards the attentive case completion that’s needed. You have the ability to move beyond the pain of a bankruptcy issue, and filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13...
Mandy Moyer
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Cherokee County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(678) 855-0880 151 E Marietta Street
Suite 113
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
While growing up as the oldest child of nine, I would often complain to my stepfather about the fact that things around me were not happening fairly. So, at the age of 16, I made a lifelong commitment to making sure things are done fairly. In the beginning, I focused on helping individuals and businesses plan for the future, and life’s inevitable events. Other situations, like a death in the family or Mom’s dementia diagnosis, required immediate action. It soon became clear – the “problem solver” in me (a required character trait when you are the oldest of nine!) realized...
John Arnold Steakley
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Attorney
Suite D-22
540 Powder Springs Street
Marietta, GA 30064
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Probate
University of Tennessee College of Law
Robert Wakefield Chambers III
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Hall County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(770) 534-3770 1370 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Insurance Claims and Landlord Tenant
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
Congratulations to Robert W. Chambers, who just received an AVVO.com rating which places him within the Top 1% of Local Lawyers! Rob Chambers is a founding partner of the law firm of Coleman and Chambers, LLP and is a well-respected lawyer in Gainesville, Hall County and throughout the State of Georgia. Over the course of Rob's distinguished legal career, he has had the honor of serving the people of Hall County as a State Court Judge, Flowery Branch, Georgia as their City Attorney, his fellow attorneys of Hall and...
Marlys A. Bergstrom
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(678) 648-1794 2625 Sandy Plains Road
Suite 203
Marietta, GA 30066
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law
Bergstrom Law, LLC assists clients in the areas of Family Law, including divorce and custody, Probate, Estate Planning and Guardianships. The firm was established by founder and managing Partner Marlys A. Bergstrom. Bergstrom received her law degree and a LLM in taxation (masters of law) from Golden Gate University School of Law located in San Francisco. Bergstrom is licensed in both Georgia and California and has over twenty years of legal experience.

Bergstrom Law is dedicated to providing excellent client service which means, your calls will be returned promptly, you will speak with an attorney and we will...
Julianna Burrall
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(678) 560-8698 3535 Roswell Road #10
Marietta, GA 30062
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Alabama School of Law and Florida State University College of Law
Julianna Burrall, Attorney at Law, is a Georgia estate planning and tax attorney with over 25 years of legal experience serving clients in Cobb County and the Metro Atlanta area. Julianna’s private law practice specializes in customized tax and estate planning; probate and estate administration; elder law, including guardianships and conservatorships; family business succession planning; small business formations; and personal and business taxation matters.
Shelley Elder
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer
(877) 874-1361 1300 Ridenour Boulevard Suite 100
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Widener University Delaware School of Law
My name is Shelley Elder and I have been practicing law for over 20 years. I am admitted in the state of Georgia and Virginia to practice law. I specialize in estate planning to include wills, trusts, probate, and guardianship. I ensure all of my clients' needs are identified and met in the most beneficial way possible.

If you are looking for a knowledgeable and friendly attorney to handle your legal matters, then please call Elder Law Firm for a free consultation.
Danny Coleman
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(770) 609-1247 5755 North Point Parkway
Suite 52
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Georgia State University College of Law
Bar Admissions - State Bar of Georgia - State Court of Georgia - Federal U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia - Federal U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia Areas of Practice - Divorce and Family Law - Bankruptcy: Personal and Business - Business Law - Immigration
Christopher L. Moore
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
P.O. Box 267
Cumming, GA 30028
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Georgia State University College of Law and University of Georgia
The Law Offices of Christopher L. Moore, LLC’s founder, Christopher L. Moore, is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for his litigation clients and providing sound and practical advice to his transactional and estate planning clients. Mr. Moore has been practicing law in Georgia since 2004.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1999, Mr. Moore obtained his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University in 2003 and subsequently obtained a masters in law (LL.M.) in taxation from Southern Methodist University in 2004.

Mr. Moore is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Taxation, Business, Family, and...
Craig Thrift
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(678) 784-4150 125 TownPark Drive
Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Collections and Real Estate
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Mr. Thrift is a corporate/transactional, real estate, franchise/dealership and licensing attorney, active and in good-standing in the State of Georgia. He has experience in M&A, securities, '33 and '34 Act compliance, start-ups, corporate governance, lending/credit, private equity, venture capital, real estate, dealership, resort development, professional licensing and general corporate law. Prior to forming Thrift & McLemore, Mr. Thrift worked as both a contractor and an employee of certain publicly and privately held timeshare/fractional real estate companies, was general counsel of a privately held recreational vehicle dealership group, and was an attorney with the international law firms of McDermott Will...
Russell Hodges
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(888) 586-2621 520 Pirkle Ferry Road, Suite C
Cumming, GA 30040
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Vanderbilt University Law School
At Hodges Law Firm, we handle a wide range of legal issues for clients throughout the Atlanta area, including elder law, estate planning, probate, Medicaid planning and protection, asset protection, litigation, and business law and services. We are knowledgeable in the law and understand the real life implications of legal actions. I have devoted more than thirty years of practice to: -Helping people protect their assets and those of their elderly parents and loved ones; -Creating legal structures where they can grow those assets, safely; -Providing vehicles to pass those assets along, safely and securely to...
Diane Baker
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(770) 992-4325 555 Sun Valley Dr
Ste N4
Roswell, GA 30076
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Emory University School of Law
Diane Baker is an AV-Rated Estate Planning and Business Law attorney. She has over 30 years experience practicing law in Atlanta.

She enjoys working with families to develop personalized Wills, Trusts and estate plans, based on each individual's personal goals. She also helps clients through the complexities of Probate, and the challenges of Will Contests and Estate Disputes. Her goal is to address each client’s personal objectives, while making the legal process understandable.

Diane's other major area of practice is business law, which she has practiced for over 30 years. Her work in this area includes general corporate law, limited liability...
Natalie Ann Green
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Cherokee County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(770) 609-9529 PO BOX 242
Woodstock, GA 30188
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Georgia State University
With more than 12 years of experience in legal practice, and several years in the tech industry (Oracle, Sapient), I have a diverse background that can be leveraged to help clients in a variety of settings. While my focus has been on domestic law, my courtroom skills (and successes) translate easily into other areas of practice. In fact, I'm ready to see where I can be most effective for clients who need someone else to speak for them. I sit down with clients, assess their risk, and build a legal strategy from consultation to a possible appeal. Together,...
Frank G. Podesta
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(678) 341-5047 555 Sun Valley Drive
Suite N-3
Roswell, GA 30076
Estate Planning, Appeals, Probate and Tax
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
James W. McKenzie Jr.
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(770) 476-9793 3883 Rogers Bridge Road
Suite 206A
Lawrenceville, GA 30097
Estate Planning, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Probate
The University of Georgia School of Law
In 2011, Jim McKenzie was honored by Martindale Hubbell/Lawyers.com for having maintained an “AV” rating for highest or “pre-eminent” legal skills and ethical standards for thirty consecutive years (1980-2010). He continues to achieve that consistent “AV” rating. The significance of the “AV” Rating by Martindale.com and Lawyers.com is described as follows: “The AV preeminent [rating] is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” www.martindale.com/products-services-peer-review-rating. (Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com are the national legal locator and ranking service). Atlanta native and a Gwinnett...
Michael Humber
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(770) 574-4477 418 Pirkle Ferry Rd #111
Cumming, GA 30040
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Emory University
John Styslinger
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer
5755 North Point Parkway
Suite 52
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Consultations | John Styslinger is the son of a military family and grew up all over the world. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy. John came to Atlanta to attend law school and graduated in 2013. John has been part of the Coleman Legal Group team since 2012 and has extensive experience in Divorce and Family Law and has worked on case ranging from low assets to highly litigious, high asset cases. John brings his exceptional research and drafting skills to...
Tamara Feliciano
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
5755 North Point Parkway
Suite 52
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Call 770-408-0477 for a Consultation | Tamara Feliciano is the managing divorce and family law attorney at Coleman Legal Group, LLC. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Tamara received her Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University. While enrolled at Cleveland State University Tamara earned a Clerk position with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio (NDOH). While employed with the Department of Justice, Tamara gained invaluable legal experience from a staff in excess of one hundred United States Attorneys. Tamara credits the U.S Attorney’s Office NDOH for preparing her for a career in law and...
John Thomas Mroczko
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Bartow County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(770) 386-8564 5 South Public Square
Cartersville, GA 30120
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Stetson University
MInerva Blanchette
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Bartow County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(404) 997-8470 107 Postelle Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Immigration
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Blanchette has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1999 and has nearly two decades of jury trial experience. She has practiced throughout the State of Georgia and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Law & Immigration Law. Her practice also includes Estate Law and Family Law. Attorney Blanchette is most recognized for her work as a former Prosecutor for the State of Georgia for over 7 years where she has served as a Lead Trial Assistant District Attorney in 3 Judicial Circuits

As a prosecutor, she handled both Felonies and Misdemeanor...
John Q. Vaughan
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer
(470) 239-8837 2450 Atlanta Hwy
Ste. 1802
Cumming, GA 30040
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
John Q. Vaughan, Sr. attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with honors. Early in his career, John was a highly successful businessman, being internally promoted within the corporate world to an executive position at a young age. Although John had this early success, he longed to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming an attorney. He picked up his family, moved to Georgia, and a few short years later, he graduated from John Marshall Law School with his Juris Doctorate. As a result of his business acumen and relationships with clients, he was offered a partnership with a...
Robert Len Jones
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Cobb County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(770) 794-3220 2265 Roswell Road
Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30062
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Georgia State University College of Law
Kevin R. Novak
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Catoosa County, GA Estate Planning Attorney
(706) 935-5296 7411 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA 30736
Estate Planning, Education, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Liberty University School of Law
James Andrew Nystrom
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(678) 684-1500 12600 Deerfield Pkwy
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Trademarks
Emory University School of Law and Emory University School of Law
We provide legal services in the areas of Business and Corporate law, Estate Planning and Probate, Tax, Real Estate, and Trademarks..
Maggie Spaulding
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Forsyth County, GA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(770) 887-3162 207 Pirkle Ferry Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Georgia State University College of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law
Aleece Aron Ackerman
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Fulton County, GA Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(678) 987-5574 6475 East Johns Crossing
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
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