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Robert W. Hughes Jr.

Probate Attorney at Lawrenceville, GA

4.9   30 reviews

also known as Robby Hughes


Licensed for 30 years

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    70%
    We handle all kinds of probate matters from routine filings of wills for probate and uncontested guardianships all the way to highly contested matters including challenges to wills, claims against executors for improper administration of estates and contested guardianship cases.

    30 years, 216 cases

  2. Elder law
    10%
    Elder law encompasses many varied areas of law that are usual and customary as people age. Whether it is creating an estate plan or trying to qualify for Medicaid, we are a full service law firm.

    15 years, 86 cases

  3. Litigation
    10%
    Let us represent you with your civil dispute. We have taken dozens of cases through a jury trial while resolving most of them without a trial. We accept a few select personal injury and wrongful death cases.

    30 years, 113 cases

  4. Estate planning
    5%
    We help people with everything from simple wills and powers of attorney to complex special needs trusts for children and disabled adults.

    30 years, 312 cases

  5. Guardianship
    5%
    Guardianship matters are special to us as these can be the most emotional situations a family can encounter. We work hard to find the best way to assist you and your family.

    25 years, 97 cases

Robby has achieved remarkable success for his clients due to his ability to get to the root of the problem and convince judges, jurors and opposing parties and counsel of the righteousness of his clients’ position. Whenever the clients’ position is untenable, Robby will advise his clients of the obstacles they face in achieving the goals they set out. Robby works tirelessly for his clients and is always the most prepared lawyer in the courtroom. Because of his preparation, the predicted outcome is more likely to occur than not.

Robby has represented clients in hundreds of probate and civil court matters. He has taken more than 20 cases to the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Many of these cases have created new law that have benefited Robby’s clients. Robby’s cases have established new law in the areas of probate, wills and business torts such as misappropriation of trade secrets. Among Robby’s most well regarding appeals decisions are:

In Re Estate of Boss, 293 Ga. App. 769 (2008)
Bacon v. Volvo Service Center, Inc., 266 Ga. App. 543 (2004)
Banner v. Vandeford, 293 Ga. 654 (2013)
Harp v. Pryor, 276 Ga. 478 (2003)
Dorsey v. Kennedy, 284 Ga. 464 (2008)
Hampton Island Club, LLC v. B2 Creative, Inc., 300 Ga. App. 258 (2009)
In re Estate of Nesbit, 299 Ga. App. 496 (2009)
Manders v. King, 284 Ga. 338 (2008)
In re Estate of Barr, 278 Ga. App. 837 (2006)
Dierkes v. Crawford Orthodontic Care, P.C., 284 Ga. App. 96 (2007)
Bailey v. Annistown Rd. Baptist Church and Gwinnett County, 301 Ga. App. 677 (2010)
Network Publications, Inc. v. Bjorkman, 756 So.2d 1028 (2000)

Robby Hughes is a down-to-earth lawyer. He understands the daily challenges that people face and gives them the legal advice they need to deal with the problems they present to him.

Robby began practicing law in 1992 after earning a J.D. degree at Georgia State University College of Law. Prior to putting himself through law school, he was a co-founder and owner of his family’s printing business, Network Publications, Inc.

During his time in business, Robby realized how tough it was for small businesses to get good legal advice. He and his family spent thousands of dollars dealing with legal issues they could have avoided with proper legal counsel. Robby also learned first-hand what it means to operate a small business: “I have been the guy who unlocked the door in the morning and locked the door at night and did whatever it took in the times in between to make it work.”

Robby aims to be the kind of lawyer his family’s business needed – someone who looks to the horizon, sees problems or opportunities coming, and offers realistic legal advice that a small business owner has the time and money to implement. His greatest reward is solving difficult problems and saving money for his clients. His areas of practice include probate and trust litigation, commercial litigation, civil litigation and wrongful death.

Robby received the Gwinnett County Bar Association Pro Bono Project Award in 1993 and 2003, and earned the 10 Year Award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Saturday Lawyer Program in 2001.

Robby is licensed to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court and the 11th District Court of Appeals.

Robby earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, with a minor in finance, in 1977 from Florida State University.

Photos and videos

Part 1 of Robby Hughes' Video Series on how to prioritize your actions at the passing of a loved one.  For more information please contact the Law Office of Robert W. Hughes & Associates at 770-469-8887 or visit our website at www.hughespclaw.com.
Licensed for 30 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

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Posted by Tara-California | August 17, 2014
Yes I would recommend Attorney Robert Hughes Jr.
I would recommend this lawyer. He seemingly walked me through a probable Probate Process. Attorney Hughes made me aware of my options legally, the cost, the process and stayed in contact with me during a weekend. I was very grateful, for the information he provided. My situation didn't necessitate hiring Lawyer Hughes, however should I need representation in the future I would not hesitate to call him. Very grateful to Mr. Hughes Thank you.
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Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
Sometimes a one hour consultation will help our clients come to realize that further involvement by our firm is unnecessary. Our goal is not to make you a client, but rather help you find the answer to your problem. If that means hiring us, we are certainly pleased, but if we can show you how to fix your problem with a simple consultation, we feel as though we have made a friend for life. You may have another legal issue in the future and you will remember our honesty and sincerity then.
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Posted by Roger | April 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winning feels good
I have utilized Mr Hughes in 8 different cases over the past 15 years. Some of them have been business cases, some personal. I have yet to lose a case with Mr Hughes as my attorney. He is honest in his projections as to how solid a case may be, and he will not take a case that he knows is a bad one. His counsel has been invaluable to my businesses and me personally. I fully recommend his legal services to anyone needing representation
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Response from Robert Hughes April 26, 2017
It is nice to know that we keep delivering good results for out clients. It is important that we build lasting relationships with our clients. It is the foundation of our successful practice.
Posted by Ken | May 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Will Contest
Excellent legal advice, professional service and great results. Robby and the team successfully contested a will in less time and for less in fees than anticipated. Impressive knowledge of the process, the players and an astute legal strategist. Highly recommended.
Posted by Darius | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and simply Amazing
I truly appreciated all of the support, guidance, and help I received from Robbie and the staff. It is very refreshing to experience this great customer service, honesty, and patience as you go through difficult situations in life. Robbie and the team are always there to help and assist and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of probate guidance/law and estate planning.
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Posted by Bobbie | May 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much . Highly recommend
After the death of my husband and not having a will , Robby was so kind and compassionate to guide me Through my options . Everyone working at this firm was so helpful any time I had questions. I needed to move our property To my name Due To credit card debt my husband encountered . Robby was a pleasure to work with during this difficult time. I would highly recommend this team for any probate issues.
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Posted by Denise | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contested Probate Case
It is with our sincere appreciation to Robby Hughes and Enrique Morales in representing us though a very difficult probate case recently. Their professionalism and ethics are second to none. The end result of our case resulted in our total satisfaction. It has been our extreme pleasure working with this firm and we highly recommend them to anyone needing legal services. William and Denise Hughes
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Posted by nicholas | March 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great job, reliable, personable
Took a while, but Robbie was able to amicsbly mediate and setlle one of the most sdmittedky compkicated and distorted cases of estate mismanagement that he or I had ever heard of. Leaving today with a sizable check in my pocket and no regrets
Posted by Aldo | July 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Discharge of Estate, Will
I'm almost afraid to write this review, as I'm afraid that my words will not adequately convey the appreciation and respect my siblings and I have for him and his team. They are the best and what I consider anyone who is expecting professional service and advice, would want. They always provided sound advice, showed kindness and compassion in every thing they did for us. Highly recommend to anyone!
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Posted by Vickie | March 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar Representation
I highly recommend Robert and his team. Stellar service and superior knowledge. Without going into all the specific details of needing Legal representation, for more than one matter, that were highly complex and unlike any case both Robert, his team and the Judge had encountered in their 25 plus years, in their Legal profession Robert awarded me and my Mother, a victory. One of the things I appreciated about Robert the most, was he always kept me up to date, in addition, his kindness and compassion for the situation, me and my Mother were in and Roberts modest demeanor. I will always have a grateful heart for the top-notch Legal representation I received from Robert and his team (Lauren and Mark). Without hesitation, I highly recommend Robert.
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Posted by Tracy | October 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Exceptional representation; prompt with response to emails and returning calls; explained legal options and followed through with establishing a solid case that would hold up in court; gave excellent advice and strong representation I initially consulted with the firm and then hired them to represent me in an estate settlement; they are a well-respected firm that provided excellent representation.
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Posted by David | April 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Experience Possible
We needed some very last minute help because another law firm put us in a bind. Robby and his team were incredibly helpful, but most of all made us feel like family in every sense of the word. Could not have had a better experience!
Posted by Danny | October 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent atty
Mr Hughes has been excellent in our case , He has proven to be a very great man in our life .VERY WELL DONE ROBBY !!!
Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
We enjoyed being able to help Danny and his family secure the justice to which they were entitled.
Posted by Dwayne | May 11, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Straight forward and to the point. Left knowing I knew exactly where I stood with the probate process and the pros and cons of each available option for my specific situation.
Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
We are always happy to help our clients understand the probate process so they can handle many of the tasks without our further involvement.
Posted by Ken | November 13, 2014
Excellent service
My wife and I used Mr. Hughes for Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. Service, expertise, offices, staff and end product were all tops.
Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
We especially enjoy helping our clients put their ideas into an estate plan that meets all of their goals
Posted by Laura | April 15, 2013
Attorney Review
Robert Hughes and his staff are very knowledgeable, professional, and extremely helpful. I have used their services twice and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. It appears to me that they truly care about their clients.
Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
Our clients are almost always facing one of the most trying times in their lives. We are very aware of that and try to treat them as we would one of our own family members facing the same problem.
Posted by Dave | June 8, 2012
Great Lawyer - Excellent Person
I worked with Robby on a difficult Probate case. In all aspects he was very professional and followed up thoroughly. He is an excellent litigator, very well prepared and helped us navigate through a very difficult time. I highly recommend and respect the man.
Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
While we enjoy helping clients solve their problems without the necessity of trial, when we have to go to trial, we are fully prepared and will work very hard to convince the jury of the righteousness of your position.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2012
Compassionate Counsel
Robert Hughes Jr.and his staff provided outstanding service for my recent divorce case. He was aggressive with follow through and ensuring I was awarded what was entitled to me. I would use him again and strongly recommend him for legal counsel.
Posted by Kelli | August 28, 2011
Excellent attorney
I hired Mr. Hughes to represent me in both a divorce case and to defend me in a civil case. He was very helpful in both cases in terms of advising me and in handling the opposing attorneys. He offered advice and guidance on representing myself in the civil case to help me to save money, but ultimately, I hired him to represent me in court. He was extremely prepared for court, looked very professional and was perfectly effective in presenting my case, and I got a favorable ruling. His fees are in line with other attorneys. Mr. Hughes was recommended to me by a trusted friend who has used him numerous times with favorable results, and I am very glad I retained him in both cases. I highly recommend him.
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Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
Our goal is to find the most cost effective way to help you fix your problem. It is not unusual for us to give you the tools you need to solve the problem on your own.
Posted by Michael | February 4, 2011
Best business attorney that I have found
About 10 years ago I found myself in a very nasty lawsuit brought on by a competing business and ex-employer. Mr. Hughes had a very calming bedside manner throughout the entire process. We lost in court but had the ruling overturned in appeals court. Mr. Hughes never gave up and never lost faith that he could win for me. I honestly feel that without having met Robby Hughes I very possibly would not have a business, a house and quite possibly a wife today. I have used Mr. Hughes on several smaller issues since then and he has yet to fail me. The only way I would use another attorney was if Mr. Hughes advised me to due to the circumstances.
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Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
Having owned a business prior to becoming a lawyer, I have a special insight into the problems faced by business owners and can help bring a reasonable perspective to finding ways to fix your problems.
Posted by Theresa | October 20, 2010
Wrongful Death Probate
The circumstances that required me to use Mr. Hughes' services was the death of my son (March 16, 2010) and the establishment of legalities of family rights surrounding his death. I was going through the most tragic incident of my life, but because of Mr. Hughes' professionalism and expertise not only did I not have to concern myself with the meticulous details that are involved in probate matters, the process and end result was effortless. I never had additional stress during this period and the matter was handled swiftly and to my total satisfaction.
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Response from Robert Hughes April 22, 2017
We know people are facing tough times when they contact us and we are sensitive to those feelings.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-381 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Robert W. Hughes, Jr. & Associates, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner
  • Hughes & Associates, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Hughes & Kaplan
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Partner
  • Hughes, Kaplan & Gravante
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Owner
  • Network Communications, Inc.
  • 1979 - 1989
  • General Manager
  • Morrison's Cafeteria's
  • 1977 - 1979
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Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • In Re Estate of Durward Wright
  • March 9, 2020
  • Steen-Jorgensen v. Huff, 352 Ga. App. 727, 727, 835 S.E.2d 707, 708 (2019)
  • We secured a reversal of the trial court for our client, the Appellant.
  • In Re: Estate of Thomas Edward Fogerty, Jr.
  • Thomas Edward Fogerty, III was declared the child of Thomas Edward Fogerty, Jr and inherited his entire estate.
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Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Probate Section of the Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • United States District for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Year Award
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2001
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships: Nuts and Bolts
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Today's Practice: What you don't know know that you need to know.
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships: Nuts and Bolts
  • 2014
  • Alternatives to Probate
  • Different methods of handling estates
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (37)
Given (43)
Litigation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Hughes on a number of projects and have sent him a number of clients who had specialized needs in the areas of family law and probate law. He always goes the extra mile and gets the job done and done well. I highly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robby is the consummate professional. He is always well prepared and represents his clients tirelessly. I often consult Robby on matters for which I need a fresh perspective. Robby is always there with a helping hand, and has never refused my requests."
Probate Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Robby for many years, having referred him many cases as well as having worked with him as co counsel on cases. Robby has always conducted himself with the highest ethical and professional standards. He has the highest respect of counsel and Judges for his exceptional levels of preparation and integrity. He is truly a lawyer's lawyerp"
Probate Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, he has tremendous experience and understanding of the law. He has always been an advocate for his clients but professional with other attorneys."
Probate Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best. A Georgia treasure."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robby is a highly experienced, brilliant, thorough and dedicated attorney. He is a creative and the right amount of aggressive for the benefit of his clients, yet always professional, polite and a complete gentleman. He is a pleasure to work. Any client would be very well-served to have Robby on his or her side."
Probate Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Hughes is an exceptional attorney. He is a consummate professional, an excellent communicator and truly knows this area of the law inside and out. If you need help, he is one of the VERY best. I highly recommend him."
Probate Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robbie is a caring, intelligent individual and a great guy despite being a lawyer. His genuine concern for his clients is demonstrated in the personal attention he gives them as well as the professional results that he obtains for them. You cannot go wrong putting him to work for you."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Robby as he has expertly handled the probate aspect of several personal injury and wrongful death actions. Robby is first rate, diligent, professional and relentless in representing his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Robby to a friend or family member."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hughes is one of the lawyers that other lawyers go to when they have questions. He knows the law and how to get results for his clients. He is compassionate, honest, and puts his clients first. I heartily endorse Robert Hughes."
Probate Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robby is a top probate litigator in Georgia. I am always happy to refer clients to him as I know they will get top notch representation. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Probate Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robby for approximately 25 years. He has consistently been a great friend and colleague, and should be any client's choice for a probate lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From my time working at the courthouse, I learned Robby has garnered a reputation as an excellent lawyer and is very well-liked among judges and staff. He handles matters adeptly while focusing on client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robby Hughes without hesitation. Robby has an impeccable reputation in the legal community, and he is known as the go-to lawyer for probate issues. He will bring resolution to your probate issue as expeditiously as possible."
Probate Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the occasion to oppose Mr. Hughes in certain probate and related matters, and have found him to be extremely diligent, knowledgeable, and well-received by the Court. I highly recommend him to handle any Probate or Elder-Care matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"First, Robby is a great boss but he wouldn't reprimand me if I disagreed with him. Second, he knows his Probate law (among other types of law). Third, I've never met another lawyer who spoke poorly of Robby. He is effective in his arguments, respected by Judges and peers and an all-around good guy. He doesn't play dirty and isn't afraid to tell a client the truth. He likes to take the "weird" cases; the ones that will change the law in Georgia. I've learned a lot about lawyering from Robby and would recommend him to anyone...even if he wasn't my boss."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Robby for some time but only recently had the opportunity to litigate a contentious probate matter with him as my co-counsel. Robby is knowledgeable and proved to be a tremendously skilled trial advocate. He has my highest recommendation."
Probate Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robert for a number of years and am aware of his expertise in the probate area. He is a skilled and principled attorney and I have recommended a number of clients to him. I endorse Robert and the work he does."
Probate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robbie for several years as an outstanding lawyer, with special expertise in estate disputes and other litigation. Robbie is a terrific advocate and highly effective, and I strongly recommend him."
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