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Sherry Virginia Neal

Estate planning Attorney at Decatur, GA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1999
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Sherry

Learn Sherry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Sherry's estate planning practice focuses on middle income estates and special needs trusts, including assisting clients with advance directives, powers of attorney, and designations of standby guardians.

    20 years

  2. Adoption
    For over 20 years, Sherry's practice included all types of adoption and Title IV-E adoption assistance benefits.

    25 years

Sherry V. Neal is the managing member of Neal & Wright LLC. Experienced in both the private and non-profit legal sectors, Sherry spent more than two decades assisting families with adoptions. Sherry currently limits her practice to estate planning, focusing on middle income estates. 

As an outgrowth of her adoption practice and because of her commitment to Georgia’s adoptive families, Sherry founded the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, Inc., and was the Charter President of that organization. She is also a Fellow in the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (///A).

Sherry graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan College, where she majored in biology, minored in philosophy, played soccer and sang in the Washboard Band. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the Women Law Students Association and the Georgia Law Review (and had a whole lot of fun and met her husband and law partner).

Sherry has received numerous awards for both her professional and her personal involvement. In particular, in 2017, the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys awarded her the Amy Silberberg Award in recognition of her work on issues involving the Title IV-E adoption subsidy, grandparents raising grandchildren, and children in foster care. Sherry is also proud that, in 2004, Wesleyan College named her Outstanding Young Alumna, an award given from time to time to an alumna who has provided unique service to or had a special impact on her profession, her community, or Wesleyan.

Sherry’s partner in life and work is Daniel S. Wright. They and their children make their home in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta. In addition to spending time with her daughter and son, Sherry’s personal interests include reading, yoga, walking (especially in the Olmsted Linear Parks), travel, and riding the occasional roller coaster.


Neal & Wright LLC
125 E. Trinity Place
Suite 300
Decatur, GA, 30030

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Posted by Joe | February 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Will and Testament
Sherry Neal and her Assistant, Jodi Greenberg, made the process for a new will and testament easy and comprehensible. The answers to my questions were always prompt and very clear so I had no difficulty making decisions on what to include especially for the Advance Directive for Health Care and provisions for trust funds. They also provided a very helpful worksheet to list all the pertinent information regarding my personal property and specific wishes to help the Executor carry out the terms of the will with as little complication as possible.
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Posted by Erin T. | May 7, 2012
Pro Bono Step Parent Adoption
Sherry was the first attorney I contacted when my husband and I started looking into a step parent adoption. It is all very confusing and Sherry responded very quickly and gave me so much information and even recommended we contact the Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project. Despite this organization not typically handling step parent adoptions and Sherry not having handled many step parent adoptions where the biological parent had not given consent, she went above and beyond to help us. If not for Sherry, the organization may not have handled our case. Sherry seemed to handle our situation with ease despite this not being a typical case for her, she didn't miss a step. Sherry was on top of keeping us in the loop and always handled everything in a timely matter. She was so wonderful during the entire process. Check out her firm's site and you can see for yourself, Sherry isn't just a great lawyer, you can tell she's a genuinely wonderful person. My husband is officially the legal father of our 4 year old daughter and we would not be where we are today if not for Sherry V. Neal. I highly recommend her and her husband if you are in need of any service that they offer.
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Response from Sherry Neal May 8, 2012
Thank you for your kind words!


  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Director, Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
  • 1999 - 2001


  • University of Georgia
  • J.D.
  • 1999
  • Wesleyan College
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Relative Adoption
  • Adoption granted
  • Same-Sex Parents Adoption
  • Adoption granted
  • Domestication of Foreign-Granted Adoption ("Re-adoption")
  • Adoption granted
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  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, Inc.
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Achievement
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010
  • Award of Achievement
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
  • 2008
  • Award of Achievement
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Alumna
  • Monroe Academy
  • 2005
  • Power of One Volunteer Award
  • AARP Georgia
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Young Alumna
  • Wesleyan College
  • 2004
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  • Kids Matter: Child Protection and Advocacy Law Section
  • A Potential Client Contacted Me About an Adoption… Now What?
  • 2014
  • Georgia Bar Journal
  • Getting to Give: Strategies to Maximize Your Impact in the Community
  • 2006
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Newsletter
  • To Grandmother’s House We Go: Children in Kinship Care
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Pursuing Higher Learning in the Majestic Rocky Mountains
  • Understanding Subsidy and SSI
  • 2016
  • Doing Well and Being Well in the Law CLE
  • Doing Well and Being Well While Balancing It All: Managing Work and Personal Commitments
  • 2016
  • ICLE Webinar
  • If Only the Day Had 36 Hours: Balancing Work and Personal Commitments Without Committing Malpractice
  • 2015
  • How'd You Do That? CLE
  • How’d You Work Full Time and Raise Kids?
  • 2014
  • DeKalb County National Adoption Celebration
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2014
  • Adoption CLE
  • Adoption Assistance
  • 2014
  • Show Me the Money!
  • Adoption Benefits and Other Resources for Adopted Children
  • 2013
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Understanding Different Adoption Options, Overcoming Obstacles to Interstate Adoptions, and Following Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law
  • 2013
  • Staying Connected: A Professional Development Seminar
  • Connecting with Your Inner Business Owner: A Crash Course in Running Your Own Practice
  • 2012
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Requirement of a Preplacement Home Study in Third-Party Adoptions
  • 2012
  • CLE Seminar
  • Adoption Law Start to Finish
  • 2011
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Assistance Benefits
  • 2011
  • Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Hanging Out a Shingle – Practical And Professionalism Tips for the New Lawyer on How to Get Started and Successfully Keep Going
  • 2009
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act, Its Impact of the Act on Adoptions in Georgia, and Adoption Assistance Benefits in Georgia
  • 2008
  • Mid-Year Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia: Hanging Out a Shingle
  • How to Enhance Your Solo Practice Through Pro Bono Work and Community Service; and Crunching the Numbers: How to Identify (and Pay!) Start-Up Costs
  • 2007
  • Getting Off on the Right Foot – Practice Management for Starting and Growing a Law Practice
  • Hanging Out A Shingle: Practical Tips On How To Get Started and Successfully Keep Going
  • 2007
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children 31st Annual Conference
  • It’s All Relative: Adoption and Other Services to Help Children Raised by Relatives
  • 2005
  • National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium
  • Does Legal Status Matter? Guardianship, Custody & Adoption
  • 2005
  • National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium
  • Financial Assistance for Grandparents: TANF, Social Security, Medicaid, Housing, & Adoption Assistance Benefits
  • 2005
  • National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference
  • Legal Options and Public Benefits for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • 2005
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Assistance Benefits
  • 2005
  • Child Welfare League of America National Adoption Law Training Conference
  • Relatively Speaking: Addressing the Unique Needs of Kinship Caregivers through Adoption and Support Services
  • 2004
  • Metro Juvenile Law Seminar
  • Representing the Relative Caregiver in a Deprivation Action: Basic Information You Need to Know
  • 2003
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Assistance Benefits
  • 2003
  • AARP National Aging & Law Conference
  • Legal Services to Address the Growing Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • 2003
  • Unsealing Records CLE
  • Obtaining Adoption Records and Original Birth Certificates Post-Adoption
  • 2002
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Assistance Appeals
  • 2002
  • Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Assistance Benefits
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
Endorse Sherry
Adoption Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sherry is extremely intelligent and very compassionate. She works tirelessly to address the needs of her clients. I endorse her wholeheartedly and without reservation."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sherry Neal is highly experienced in the area of adoption law. I often call upon Sherry's advice for complex issues in adoption, especially related to Adoption Assistance."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sherry is caring, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sherry Neal for several years and have consulted with her on multiple adoption cases. She is dedicated and committed to her clients and ultimately, to the children who benefit from her work."
Adoption Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. For a number of years when I worked in DeKalb Superior Court reviewing family law/adoption/guardian ad litem issues, Sherry Neal provided conscientious and high-quality legal work."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sherry is a leader in her community and excellent attorney for adoption issues. She is who I call for legal questions about adoption. Sherry also works tirelessly in pro bono projects and community service."
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