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G. Cleveland Payne, III
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Marlys A. Bergstrom
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Robert W. Hughes Jr.
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Georgia Probate Attorney with 27 years experience

I have been in practice since 1992. My practice primarily focuses on probate, guardianship and probate litigation. I have handled numerous appeals to the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court for my... Read More »
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Christopher L. Moore
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Robert Michael Goldberg
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Spalding County, GA Probate Attorney with 29 years experience
(770) 229-5729 1553 Williamson Road
Griffin, GA 30224
Probate, Elder and Estate Planning
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Kevin P. Parker
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Spalding County, GA Probate Lawyer with 6 years experience
(770) 467-3700 126 West Solomon Street Suite 6
Griffin, GA 30223
Free ConsultationProbate, DUI, Estate Planning and Family
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Kevin earned Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees while working in state and local government as a Georgia POST certified police officer, probation officer, and training instructor. As an attorney, he continues to maintain his certifications by attending public safety training courses.

Kevin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. There, he excelled academically and was ranked among the top ten students in his class. Kevin also worked hard to obtain the practical experience and skills necessary to be an exceptional advocate for his clients. While...
Mr. Zachary W. Davis
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Upson County, GA Probate Attorney with 6 years experience
(706) 647-1842 P.O. Box 832
300 West Gordon Street
Thomaston, GA 30286
Probate, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Zachary joined Mallory, Trice, & Davis in 2013 and has since became a Partner of the firm. In 2014, he was elected President of the Thomaston Bar Association and currently sits as the President today. Zachary attended the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University, and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's in History. He later obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2013 from John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice law in all Georgia courts. His primary areas of practice are Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Wrongful Death, Workers' Compensation, Estate Planning, Probate, Real...
Duncan H. Adams
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer with 20 years experience
(404) 445-7771 1175 Peachtree St NE
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Atlanta, GA 30361
Probate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Emory University School of Law
Duncan H. Adams practiced as an Atlanta probate attorney for several years and started his own law practice over a decade ago. Having accomplished a prosperous career practicing in business and real estate law, as well as trust and estate law, Mr. Adams retired from his full time practice He continues to play an active role in law as Of Counsel to former business partner, Kasey Libby, who is another top Atlanta probate attorney.

Duncan is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. As a...
P. Justin Thrailkill
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Fayette County, GA Probate Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N. Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationProbate, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Justin devotes his practice primarily to the areas of divorce, custody, and parental advocacy in DFCS matters. As an advocate for the rights of parents, Justin has realized his lifelong passion for helping others in their time of need. Through seven years of practice, Justin has represented a variety of clients in various matters throughout our legal system. He finds great satisfaction in seeing his client’s cases through to a successful resolution, regardless of the challenges that may exist with any particular case. Among his peers, Justin is well known to be a compassionate advocate for...
James Blount Griffin
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Fulton County, GA Probate Attorney with 18 years experience
(877) 290-8415 3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Free ConsultationProbate, Elder, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Vanderbilt University Law School
We help you find the peace of mind that comes from taking care of your family and property. You want to protect your assets and save them for those you love. We are all mortal, and planning now for bad health or even sudden death allows you live your life to the fullest. My current practice combines experience in real estate law with estate planning and elder law. I am administrator of my late mother's affairs and guardian for my disabled older brother. My father, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War,...
Benning Grice Jr
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Fulton County, GA Probate Attorney with 43 years experience
(404) 888-3787 3520 PIEDMONT ROAD, NE
SUITE 200
ATLANTA, GA 30305
Free ConsultationProbate and Estate Planning
Woodrow Wilson College of Law
Mr. Grice's law firm is engaged in the general practice of law. Among the firm's particular areas of expertise are the preparation of Wills, Trust Agreements, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives, the probate of Wills, and the administration of estates. Mr. Grice has been practicing law for forty years. Previously he was a Vice President, Trust Officer, and Branch Manager with SunTrust Bank, responsible for the administration of estates and trusts.
Kasey Libby
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Fulton County, GA Probate Attorney
(404) 445-7771 1175 Peachtree St NE
#1450
Atlanta, GA 30361
Free ConsultationProbate, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
The University of Georgia School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law
Mr. Charles B. Pyke Jr
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer with 28 years experience
(770) 507-2500 2011 Commerce Drive North
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Probate, Elder and Estate Planning
Emory University
As an attorney in private practice in Atlanta, Charles Pyke provides a wide range of estate planning services to his clients, with a primary focus on helping them provide for the security of their loved ones, reduce the estate taxes and avoid or at least minimize the costs and delays of probate, all with a well-crafted estate plan. Mr. Pyke defines the mission statement for Pyke & Associates, P.C. as “Helping people be good stewards of all that has been entrusted to them.” Mr. Pyke, an active member of his community, is well aware of the growing importance of estate...
Debra Lyn Scott
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer with 24 years experience
(404) 942-3306 320 W. Lanier Ave
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Probate and Estate Planning
Debra Scott earned a Juris Doctor in Law from Syracuse University College of Law, a Master of Public Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science. Debra currently is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning Section. She studied accounting at Clayton State University, in Atlanta, Georgia and was conferred membership into the Golden Key Honor Society
Duncan H. Adams
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Kasey Libby
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I am an experienced and dependable probate law attorney. I tirelessly and passionately advocate for the rights and interests of my clients! Visit my website for information and call my office for a free consultation. Read More »
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Eric Alan Slepian
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer with 28 years experience
(770) 486-1220 42 Eastbrook Bend
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Free ConsultationProbate, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Boston University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Eric Slepian knew from an early age that he wanted to practice law. Since then, he has become one of the most successful lawyers in the South Metro Atlanta area. He built his firm from the ground up when his previous boss pushed him to go out on his own. Eric founded what is now Slepian, Schwartz & Landgaard with no money and a few simple rules: no one would ever outwork him; he would always be a good citizen in his community; and, most importantly, he would run his firm the way he lived his life: by the Golden...
Glen Edward Ashman
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Fulton County, GA Probate Attorney with 39 years experience
(404) 768-3509 2791 Main St
East Point, GA 30344
Free ConsultationProbate, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
In addition to practicing law since 1980, and having a perfect 10 excellent ranking on AVVO, Glen Ashman has been a municipal judge since 1988. The combination of judicial and legal experience has trained Glen well to help his clients. Glen has since 2002 been teaching Georgia judges at seminars and by writing the annual Municipal Court Benchbook, used by Judges across Georgia. Glen offers compassionate experienced help at very reasonable fees and personal service you do not get in big firms. Glen is an honors graduate of Mercer Law School.
Mary Margaret House
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Henry County, GA Probate Attorney with 32 years experience
(678) 272-7774 827 Fairways Court
Suite 100
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Probate, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Mercer University School of Law
I represent individuals and businesses in various civil litigation matters, including select domestic relations and personal injury cases, as well as do a general practice. I also have been active in Henry County in public service activities and have served on multiple Boards including the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Haven House (Henry County's domestic violence shelter), Leadership Henry, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and am currently the President of Hands of Hope, which provides indigent medical services to residents of Henry County.
Mark G. Burnette
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Attorney with 39 years experience
(404) 638-5891 Suite 250
150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Free ConsultationProbate, Business and Estate Planning
Duke University School of Law
With over 35 years experience as an attorney, Mr. Burnette specializes in small business law with a particular focus on the insurance agency industry. He has presented on many occasions to the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and at the Georgia Insurance Expo in Athens, Georgia. He has also written numerous articles on various legal topics for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. Click here to review some of those articles. Mr. Burnette spent the first part of his legal career as a trial attorney, beginning in the State Attorney’s Office for Duval...
Tiffany R. Lunn
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Fayette County, GA Probate Attorney with 14 years experience
(770) 492-2974 110 Habersham Drive
Suite 111
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Probate, Appeals, Estate Planning and Family
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Tiffany R. Lunn of Lunn Law LLC keeps this quote in mind when dealing with the business and practice of law: "Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future". Every area of law that Tiffany R. Lunn practices has this quote at the heart of it and she attempts to remind her clients of this often in her role as their attorney because it also applies to them getting through the current moment to what lies ahead. Tiffany R. Lunn believes the plan in mind...
Angela Landgaard
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Fayette County, GA Probate Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 486-1220 42 Eastbrook Bend
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Probate, Divorce, Elder and Family
The University of Georgia School of Law and Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Angela Landgaard joined Slepian, Schwartz & Landgaard in 2009. She is currently the head of the Firm’s Domestic litigation and Probate departments, focusing primarily in the areas of Family Law and Probte. In addition to her work as a litigator, appointed by Judge Ann Jackson in 2013, Angela currently serves as the Fayette County Probate Court Co-Conservator and frequently serves as a court appointed attorney or Guardian Ad Litem for the Fayette County Probate Court. Angela was elected by the attorney members to serve as the 2014 President of the Fayette County Bar Association.
John W. Chambers Jr
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Lawyer with 40 years experience
(404) 325-9970 2250 N Druid Hills Rd NE
Suite 243
Atlanta, GA 30329
Probate, Administrative, Business and Estate Planning
Emory University School of Law
John W. Chambers, Jr. is a graduate of Emory University and Emory University School of Law. He graduated with distinction from the Emory University School of Law in 1979 with a Doctor of Law degree and was a member of the Order of the Coif. John W. Chambers, Jr. has an AV (R) Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating. ("CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies."
Sarah Siedentopf
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer with 10 years experience
(404) 736-6066 2751 Buford Hwy NE
Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30324
Probate and Estate Planning
University of Tennessee College of Law
Sarah Siedentopf is an estate and probate attorney who helps clients with wills, trusts, end of life planning, probate, and strategies for avoiding probate. She is particularly passionate about helping individuals and families navigate complicated, emotional issues and making the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Sarah understands how important it is to maintain communication with her clients. They are entrusting her with a very significant part of their lives, and accordingly, they should stay involved with the process. Sarah ensures that clients will always be informed about what is happening in their cases.

Sarah earned her law degree from the...
Jeremy Todd Canipe
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer with 17 years experience
(770) 487-8999 263 Hwy 74 North
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Probate, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
Before founding The Canipe Law Firm, PLLC, Jeremy was a partner at a large multi-state law firm where he helped lead their Business and Contract Law team. He also handled a wide range of court cases in North Carolina and South Carolina, particularly in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury and contract disputes. Previously, Jeremy worked for a large business litigation law firm and the legal department of a major national bank. Jeremy learned a great deal from this legal experience and puts those lessons to work for his clients in his areas of legal focus....
Robert Stephen Meyring
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Cobb County, GA Probate Attorney with 14 years experience
(678) 217-4369 2931 Paces Ferry Road, SE
Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30339
Probate and Estate Planning
Emory University
Robert S. Meyring, Attorney helps all people and families with wills, trusts, probate, estate litigation with his dedicated Trusts & Estates Law Firm. provides clients with comprehensive Trusts and Estates legal services including trust-based estate planning, probate of estates, will contests, guardianship and conservatorships.
Mandy Moyer
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Thomas E. Raines
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Georgia Probate Attorney with 47 years experience

I am married with two children and five grandchildren. During my 46 years of experience in business and corporate law, estate planning and probate administration, it has been my objective to provide a combination of... Read More »
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Chris Pahl
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer with 21 years experience
(855) 583-8472 945 E Paces Ferry Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
Free ConsultationProbate, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Cindy Spindler Manning
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer with 17 years experience
(678) 833-3777 153 Senoia Rd.
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Free ConsultationProbate, Criminal and DUI
Boston University
Cindy Manning is founder and owner of Manning Legal Group, LLC, a group of experienced attorneys and staff serving legal needs of individuals and businesses facing the challenges of criminal charges, civil litigation, family law disputes and employment/HR counseling needs. Cindy represents individuals charged with federal or state crimes including traffic offenses. Cindy is a former prosecutor and uses this experience to help her clients navigate the criminal justice system. The criminal defense team at Manning Legal Group, LLC gives clients personalized and detail driven attention on their cases and are available to help clients 24 hours per day...
Mr Randy New
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer with 37 years experience
(678) 244-2880 2973 Hardman Court Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305
Probate, Business, Communications and Estate Planning
Randy L. New
Email Phone: (404) 890-7739
Randy L. New is the Managing Member of Kitchens New Cleghorn LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. A significant focus of his practice has been in the areas of Corporate and Business Issues, Employment Law, Contracts and Telecommunications. Randy is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law.

Randy is an Atlanta native. He received a B.A. from Emory University in 1976. After teaching high school in Atlanta for three years, he attended Emory Law School, was named as Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and graduated with a J.D. with Distinction in 1982. Randy continues his...
Diona Potter
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Lawyer with 11 years experience
(404) 270-9829 2752 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Suite F
Decatur, GA 30030
Free ConsultationProbate, Criminal, Estate Planning and Family
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and Georgia State University College of Law
Alan Taylor
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Bibb County, GA Probate Attorney with 13 years experience
(478) 714-8866 853 Tatnall Street
Macon, GA 31201
Probate, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Daniel S Wright
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Lawyer with 20 years experience
(678) 613-7850 118 East Maple Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Probate, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
DANIEL S. WRIGHT provides general business legal services in the fields of commercial real estate, entity formation and governance, joint venture/equity structure arrangements, intellectual property, and various other transactional practice areas. Dan has experience working with organizations both large and small to achieve their goals and understands their different organizational and business needs. Because he started his career in litigation, Dan also appreciates the pragmatic aspects of agreement enforceability and cost-driven decisions. Dan keeps the focus on the client's business rather than legal minutiae. Dan's other primary field of practice is estate planning, particularly focusing on trust establishment...
LeeAnne Rose Strohmann
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Fayette County, GA Probate Attorney with 17 years experience
(770) 731-0068 151 Highway 74 South
P.O. Box 2984
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Probate, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School
Caroline Roney
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Attorney with 27 years experience
(678) 585-3951 5141 Stone Mountain Highway
Hwy. 78
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Probate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Family
Jerry Stepp
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DeKalb County, GA Probate Attorney with 51 years experience
(404) 923-7488 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30030
Probate, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Emory University
Carmella Johnson Penn
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Fulton County, GA Probate Attorney with 23 years experience
(334) 750-4141 3500 Lenox Rd. Ste. 1500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Probate, Criminal, Estate Planning and Family
James G Baker
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Troup County, GA Probate Lawyer with 20 years experience
(706) 884-3059 305 North Greenwood Street
LaGrange, GA 30240
Probate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Mississippi College School of Law
Shannon D. Sneed
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Newton County, GA Probate Attorney
(770) 788-0011 PO Box 1245
2112 Lee Street
Covington, GA 30014
Probate, Bankruptcy, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Atlanta Law School and Georgia State University College of Law
Paul Ellison
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Douglas County, GA Probate Lawyer with 2 years experience
(770) 367-2644 3144 Golf Ridge Blvd, S-201
Douglasvile, GA 30135
Probate, Construction, Divorce and Estate Planning
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
David Allen Wood
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Rockdale County, GA Probate Lawyer with 13 years experience
(678) 509-1191 938 Center Street
Conyers, GA 30012
Probate, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Tennessee
Tanieka Thompson-Mungo
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Henry County, GA Probate Attorney with 6 years experience
(678) 855-6002 390 Racetrack Road
McDonough, GA 30252
Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Dennis L Duncan
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Bibb County, GA Probate Lawyer with 28 years experience
(478) 254-4232 520 Forest Hill Rd.
Maocn, GA 31210
Free ConsultationProbate, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
I have been a trusted legal adviser and advocate to thousands of individuals over the past twenty five years. My firm's mission is to restore and enhance the dignity of the human person. When you have suffered physical injuries, either on the job or as a result of someone else's negligence, it creates a perfect storm of emotional and financial difficulties that impacts every aspect of your life. This is a critical time when you really need an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate attorney on your side. You need a trustworthy, hardworking and courageous advocate to diligently pursue your legal rights,...
Jonathan Thomas Overman
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Fayette County, GA Probate Lawyer
(770) 626-5200 259 Glynn St. South
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Probate, Estate Planning, Family and Juvenile
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Thomas Cohen
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer
(404) 812-1700 1275 Peachtree St
Suite 525
Atlanta, GA 30309
Probate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Amber Crawford
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Coweta County, GA Probate Lawyer with 2 years experience
(770) 253-2222 28 Jackson Street
Newnan, GA 30263
Probate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Real Estate
The University of Georgia School of Law
Stephen Scriber
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Fulton County, GA Probate Lawyer with 8 years experience
(404) 939-7562 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309
Free ConsultationProbate and Estate Planning
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