Mark Biernath's practice focuses on estate planning with a particular interest in... more
Mark Biernath's practice focuses on estate planning with a particular interest in assisting families with special needs. He enjoys working with families who want to help ensure the best possible future for their children. Mark has considerable experience with special needs trusts, the foundational planning tool for special needs planning. Mark is married to Krista, a developmental pediatrician ... view profile
Alexa J. Kwartin is the owner and managing partner of Kwartin Family Law. Alexa was... more
Alexa J. Kwartin is the owner and managing partner of Kwartin Family Law. Alexa was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Having grown up with divorced parents, she is familiar with the issues and stress involved in many family law matters on a personal level. Alexa received her Bachelors Degree in English and Economics from Emory University in 2008. She then went on to law school ... view profile
I am a litigator with Gaslowitz Frankel LLC specializing in fiduciary matters. My... more
I am a litigator with Gaslowitz Frankel LLC specializing in fiduciary matters. My clients are involved in disputes concerning wills, estates, trusts, and business interests. I represent my clients in all phases of litigation, from filing pleadings and conducting discovery through strategizing for and managing hearings and trials. In addition, I often engage in settlement negotiations, assisting... view profile
David Paul Pollan has been practicing exclusively in the area of elder law and... more
David Paul Pollan has been practicing exclusively in the area of elder law and special needs issues affecting the younger disabled community since 1990. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served the elder and disabled communities through his work with AARP, Atlanta Regional Committee Aging Services Board, the Senior Citizens' Law Project, the Elder Law Commit... view profile
Debra Scott , JD, MPH has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a... more
Debra Scott , JD, MPH has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a lawyer and brings a strong combination of law, accounting and public health skills to the SP Consulting and SP Legal divisions. Debra is a strong fiduciary litigator and understands fiduciary and compliance principals resulting from her legal and accounting background. Debra has worked with nonprofit organizations... view profile
I am married and have two sons in preschool. When I am not lawyering, I typically am... more
I am married and have two sons in preschool. When I am not lawyering, I typically am reading. Novels, non-fiction, politics, and science are my favorite genres and subjects. I also hike and bike. I am a member of a few professional associations, including the Atlanta Bar Association.
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.