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Sherry V. Neal is the managing member of Neal & Wright LLC.  Experienced in both the private and non-profit legal sectors, Sherry specializes in assisting families who want to grow through adoption and enjoys representing adoptive parents in all types of adoptions as well as the occasional birth parent who needs legal advice to facilitate her adoption plan.  Sherry is widely recognized as the state expert on Title IV-E adoption assistance benefits in Georgia and is a regular speaker on this topic.  Sherry also provides legal services in the area of estate planning, focusing on middle income estates.  Through these practice areas, Sherry’s goal is to assist her clients with creating families and protecting the rights of family members, particularly those with special needs.


 


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 American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (///A), which allows her to work at a national level on issues affecting children and families in the adoption community, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Family Formation Charitable Trust.  A charitable outgrowth of ///A, the Family Formation Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to those individuals and organizations seeking to create families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology, to provide educational programs in support of this mission, and to provide grants and sponsorship for innovative and meaningful family building programs.


 


In the legal world, Sherry is an associate member of the Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies; a member of Voice for Adoption, the National Council for Adoption, and the Stonewall Bar Association; and on the State Bar of Georgia’s Children in the Courts Committee.  In her local community, she served for four years as Chair of the Mary Lin Education Foundation, which works with her community school to achieve its educational goals by providing instructional, physical, and technological opportunities for the enrichment of Mary Lin students, and is active in her neighborhood association.  Sherry also serves as Vice President for Admissions on the Board of Managers for the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association, the world’s oldest and best Alumnae Association.


 


Sherry graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan College, where she 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.



Sherry has received numerous awards for both her professional and her personal involvement.  In particular, 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 chasing her daughter and son around the park, Sherry’s personal interests include yoga, reading, crocheting, playing the piano, and travel.


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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Adoption: 90%
    17 years
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    12 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Barbara Esther Katz

    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.

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  • Josie Redwine

    I endorse this lawyer. Sherry is caring, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable.

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Contact info

Neal & Wright LLC

125 E. Trinity Place
Suite 300
Decatur, GA, 30030

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2010
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2008
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2005
Outstanding AlumnaMonroe Academy2005
Power of One Volunteer AwardAARP Georgia2005
Outstanding Young AlumnaWesleyan College2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director, Grandparent/Relative Caregiver ProjectAtlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.2001 - 2005
AssociateKilpatrick Stockton LLP1999 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Family Formation Charitable TrustVice Chair2016 - Present
Wesleyan College Alumnae Association Board of ManagersVP Admissions2015 - Present
National Council for Adoption - National Adoption LeagueN/A2015 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow2014 - Present
Georgia Council of Adoption LawyersFellow2010 - Present
Voice for AdoptionN/AN/A
Stonewall Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption AgenciesAssociate MemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia Children & the Courts CommitteeN/AN/A
Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, Inc.President2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Relative AdoptionAdoption granted
Same-Sex Parents AdoptionAdoption granted
Domestication of Foreign-Granted Adoption ("Re-adoption")Adoption granted
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Kids Matter: Child Protection and Advocacy Law SectionA Potential Client Contacted Me About an Adoption… Now What?2014
Georgia Bar JournalGetting to Give: Strategies to Maximize Your Impact in the Community2006
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation Committee NewsletterTo Grandmother’s House We Go: Children in Kinship Care2004
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Wesleyan CollegeBiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pursuing Higher Learning in the Majestic Rocky MountainsUnderstanding Subsidy and SSI2016
Doing Well and Being Well in the Law CLEDoing Well and Being Well While Balancing It All: Managing Work and Personal Commitments2016
ICLE WebinarIf Only the Day Had 36 Hours: Balancing Work and Personal Commitments Without Committing Malpractice2015
How'd You Do That? CLEHow’d You Work Full Time and Raise Kids?2014
DeKalb County National Adoption CelebrationKeynote Speaker2014
Adoption CLEAdoption Assistance2014
Show Me the Money!Adoption Benefits and Other Resources for Adopted Children2013
Adoption Law CLEUnderstanding Different Adoption Options, Overcoming Obstacles to Interstate Adoptions, and Following Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law2013
Staying Connected: A Professional Development SeminarConnecting with Your Inner Business Owner: A Crash Course in Running Your Own Practice2012
Adoption Law CLERequirement of a Preplacement Home Study in Third-Party Adoptions2012
CLE SeminarAdoption Law Start to Finish2011
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2011
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2010
Annual Meeting of the State Bar of GeorgiaHanging Out a Shingle – Practical And Professionalism Tips for the New Lawyer on How to Get Started and Successfully Keep Going2009
Adoption Law CLEThe Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act, Its Impact of the Act on Adoptions in Georgia, and Adoption Assistance Benefits in Georgia2008
Mid-Year Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia: Hanging Out a ShingleHow to Enhance Your Solo Practice Through Pro Bono Work and Community Service; and Crunching the Numbers: How to Identify (and Pay!) Start-Up Costs2007
Getting Off on the Right Foot – Practice Management for Starting and Growing a Law PracticeHanging Out A Shingle: Practical Tips On How To Get Started and Successfully Keep Going2007
North American Council on Adoptable Children 31st Annual ConferenceIt’s All Relative: Adoption and Other Services to Help Children Raised by Relatives2005
National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren SymposiumDoes Legal Status Matter? Guardianship, Custody & Adoption2005
National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren SymposiumFinancial Assistance for Grandparents: TANF, Social Security, Medicaid, Housing, & Adoption Assistance Benefits2005
National Association of Social Workers Annual ConferenceLegal Options and Public Benefits for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren2005
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2005
Child Welfare League of America National Adoption Law Training ConferenceRelatively Speaking: Addressing the Unique Needs of Kinship Caregivers through Adoption and Support Services2004
Metro Juvenile Law SeminarRepresenting the Relative Caregiver in a Deprivation Action: Basic Information You Need to Know2003
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2003
AARP National Aging & Law ConferenceLegal Services to Address the Growing Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren2003
Unsealing Records CLEObtaining Adoption Records and Original Birth Certificates Post-Adoption2002
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Appeals2002
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2001