Christie Lynn Ayotte

Christie Lynn Ayotte

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About Me 

I specialize in family law and estate planning but I also help many entrepreneurs with their business needs, and offer probate assistance.

 

I received my law degree from Emory University, and my undergraduate degree from Smith College. They are good schools, but I don't think I am smarter than my clients just because I am lawyer or because I have fancy degrees.

 

I am an entrepreneur and a businessperson at heart. Before forming my own firm, I worked with some good attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn both as an attorney, and before law school, as a paralegal.

 

I am a trained Guardian Ad Litem who accepts cases in Fulton County and DeKalb County, which means I help judges in difficult custody cases decide what to do by fact-finding, and making recommendations.

 

I have mediated more than 225 landlord-tenant cases in Fulton County and DeKalb County Magistrate Courts (aka, "dispossessory court"), helping landlords and tenants come up with fair and reasonable agreements that benefit both parties. I have only impassed about 11% of the cases assigned to me.

 

Before law school, I owned another business called Signature Projects LLC, which provided marketing advice and operational services to political candiates and elected officials, other businesses, and non-profits. Before that, I was the business manager and sometimes de facto executive director of Georgia Equality, a statewide political interest group that advocates for equality for the gay community. In my spare time, I did freelance writing, publishing several op-ed pieces in Southern Voice, the Washington Blade, and the Advocate.

 

Places I Have Volunteered or Currently Volunteer:

  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (Guardian Ad Litem, Adoptions Attorney)
  • Hotlanta Squares (President Emeritus)
  • DeKalb County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
  • Atlanta Humane Society (adoptions counselor)
  • Atlanta Pride Committee (board member)

 

When Not Working, I Enjoy:

  • Trolling yard sales and antique shops
  • Square dancing
  • Home improvement
  • Playing with my dogs

 

What I Do:

  • Adoptions (including 2nd parent adoptions)
  • Divorce/Custody Disputes
  • Child Support
  • Alimony Modifications
  • Legitimations/Paternity
  • Domestic Partner Agreements/Dissolutions
  • Contracts
  • Negotiations
  • Litigation
  • Incorporations
  • Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney
  • Mediation

 

For my formal bio, go to my website: www.thebaerfirm.com