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Christie Ayotte Baer

Family Attorney at Savannah, GA

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Christie Ayotte

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 6 years
    Georgia - GA 13 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Christie

Learn Christie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Contempt, child support modifications, alimony cases, temporary restraining orders, prenup reviews and negotiations.

  2. Wills and living wills
    40%

  3. Business
    5%

  4. Probate
    5%

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 a small Alanta firm both as an attorney, and before law school, as a paralegal.

I am a trained Guardian Ad Litem who accepts cases in Chatham 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 of Georgia Equality, a statewide political interest group that advocates for equality for the LGBT 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:

  • 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
  • Running

 

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:

 

 

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Location

The Baer Law Firm LLC
6205 Abercorn St.
Suite 214
Savannah, GA, 30145

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Reviews

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Posted by Lynn | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recent experience April 2016
I was referred to Christie from my in-house counsel as I wanted to review Estate planning and update my Will. She was so accomodating and quick to respond. She also provided additional security measures for my estate, and while she recommended them, she was not pushy and accepted my decisions. If you are ever in need of a solid attorney for Wills or Estates, there is an outstanding one in Savannah, GA.
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Posted by emasin | February 27, 2015
Great Advocate, Wonderful Communication, Very Satisfied
As an attorney, I knew that I wanted someone very smart, skilled, and respected to represent me in a contract dispute. Christie went above and beyond to keep me informed of what was happening in my case, and did a wonderful job drafting and negotiating a settlement. The other party was at times very difficult to deal with, but Christie was a consummate professional and was able to negotiate around all of his concerns. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a true "advocate" working on his or her behalf.
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Posted by Tom | August 14, 2014
Taking My Business To The Next Level
Christie has been an important resource for me as I have started to operate my pet sitting business as a "real" business. I felt much more secure having Christie form my LLC rather than fumbling around trying to do it on my own. Christie is also an excellent writer. She took my mismatched business policies and formed them into a cohesive whole that I'm proud to share with my clients. I really value Chrisie's help in taking my business to the next level.
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Posted by Charity | April 7, 2014
Great Experience
Christie was extremely helpful. She made legal concepts easy to understand. She helped us think through decisions thoroughly, and she was extremely courteous and helpful. She also communicated well with us. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Margaret | April 6, 2014
Capable and Compassionate
Attorney Ayotte Baer listened carefully to my concerns in dissolving a domestic partnership. She quickly assessed the situation and instructed me about possible options and outcomes. Within a few minutes, I was at ease and reassured of her capability and areas of expertise. I was especially grateful throughout, for Ms. Ayotte Baer's skill in keeping business uncomplicated; for being compassionate toward me when I was feeling stressed; for her wisdom; for her knowledge of law and procedure; and, for choosing to be strategically assertive on my behalf when appropriate. It was a pleasure to be represented by Attorney Ayotte Baer.
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Posted by Melissa | April 2, 2014
Outstandingly service
She worked so hard as my advocate. She made sure I understood every step of the way
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2013
Highly Recommend
Christie was very professional and helpful. She treated us like human beings making sure we understood the process. She was fast and thorough. She communicated with us during each step. I would highly recommend hiring her for any family law issue.
Posted by Regina | December 4, 2013
The Baer Law Firm - Christie Ayotte Baer
Christie Ayotte Baer was referred to me by a friend on Wednesday November 20, 2013 for a civil matter that was going to court on November 21, 2013! Despite the extremely short notice, Mrs. Ayotte Baer was gracious and accommodating to accept me as a client and set aside time to prep before trial began. Her office was conveniently located, and had a very relaxed and warm feel that immediately put me at ease. Remarkably, in just a matter of 1.5 hours, she was able to digest the contents of the case, neatly organize all exhibits, and prep me for my testimony and cross examination. Upon entering the court, she handled all pre-trial negotiations efficiently, and after realizing that no possible settlement would be reached, supported me through the trial. At the conclusion of trial, I was awarded judgment in my favor and all counterclaims by the defendant were denied. Even if the outcome had been different, my feedback about the level of service and overall experience would remain unchanged! I would highly recommend Christie Ayotte Baer and I remain extremely thankful for the referral !
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2013
Nancy Mize review
Christie Ayotte is an excellent attorney. She was very thorough and her questions and review of my personal situation made me feel comfortable and confident that we covered all matters. Her attention to detail is extraordinary. Christie is extremely knowledgeable and explained matters in terms I could easily understand. I highly recommend Christie Ayotte as an attorney and legal advisor.
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Posted by Chas | December 4, 2013
Estate Planning
Christie Ayotte created a will, advanced healthcare directive, and power of attorney for me. She did so with knowledgeable insight, and efficiency. Christie is very approachable and relatable, which made the whole process very easy.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2013
Very thankful I met Christie
I couldn't possibly write out how amazing Christie was to work with. She's down to earth, super smart, very friendly, and only charges for the work she does. She's very fair with pricing. I worked with a lawfirm for about a year before findind Christie that claimed to specialize in family law. They absolutely ruined my rights as a father and left me totally broken emotionally and charged an insane amount to do so. Christie was the antithesis of that lawfirm and totally fixed what they had messed up. This case meant everything to me. And I am certain that I won because of her. I never write reviews for anything online, but I'm writing now because of how thankful I am I worked with Christie.
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Posted by Toni | September 3, 2013
Great Attorney
Christie was awesome during the entire process of me adopting my girls. She is very professional, flexible, and knowledgable. I would recommend her and would use her for any of my legal needs.
Posted by Nancy | March 4, 2013
Christie Ayotte was amazing!
From the first moment I worked with Christie, she was professional, a great communicator regarding the financial end of it all, and most of all...she was sympathetic towards my situation. While our communication was formal, I knew that Christie would listen to all my concerns and answer all my questions. She worked effortlessly towards the final divorce, which only took a few months. It was a difficult situation, but she managed to get things done in a timely fasion and without it costing me an arm and a leg. Thanks, Christie!
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2012
Helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive
Christie assisted my partner and I with power of attorney and will documents. Throughout the process of collecting information, creating the documents, and follow-up meetings, Christie was very helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive to our questions and revisions. We were able to conduct some of our correspondence and meetings via email and Skype, which made the process even more convenient. I was also appreciative of her straight-forward and honest nature regarding the morbid questions and scenarios that must be contemplated for these types of documents. Ultimately, we were very satisfied with our close-out meeting, will signing ceremony, and final documents.
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Posted by Julian | August 2, 2012
She'll probably save my company!
I worked with Christie to help strengthen my independent contractor agreement that I found out was missing crucial parts thereby making it invalid. I own a business where the contract between us and our employees keeps them from running away with everything we have. I was a bit unsure of needing an attorney since I had already had help from one constructing the agreement before, but her obvious knowledge and frankness convinced me to see what she could do. I was amazed. Her first draft made my original look like it was written in crayon. She worked with me over the next few days to perfect the contract, and I am certainly very satisfied with her work. She obviously carefully thought out the best approach to minimize risk to my company and ensure our intellectual property. I’m sure you’re reading this thinking I could be an idiot, but my company actually teaches high school students SAT and ACT, and I have personally coached many to perfect scores. If you make the right decision to go with Christie Ayotte, you’ll get a bottom-line, no non-sense approach that is refreshing in a world full of incompetent people.
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Posted by Daniel | December 1, 2011
A delight to work with.
Christie has been wonderful in explaining my legal options, providing solid advice, and keeping me informed. She has been extremely dependable and effective and I would certainly use her for any further legal matters. Christie is a straight shooter and impressed me with her professionalism and her attitude. Excellent!
Posted by Julie | August 19, 2011
Extremely knowledgeable and compassionate
My world was turned upside down at the thought of losing custody of my child. There are plenty of divorce and child custody attorneys out there, but I wanted one who understood the law in regards to same sex custody disputes. Christie Ayotte quickly put my mind at ease and began fighting for what was rightfully mine. My custody dispute was anything but routine and Christie rolled with the punches and continued to push forward. Christie always was up front and honest with me. Most importantly she kept me informed of what was going on in the case. There were many twists and turns in my dispute, but she never quit fighting for me. We finally reached an agreement that both parties could live with. I am very pleased to have Christie in my corner.
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Posted by Tim | August 19, 2011
Thank You Christie
Christie porvided personal and legal support through a very difficult time in my life. She was able to combine pesonal advice with excellent legal representation. Thanks Christie. Tim
Posted by Bryon | August 3, 2011
Christie Ayotte
Ms. Ayotte is a thoughtful and knowledgeable attorney in the area of family law. I felt very comfortable working with her during a difficult time. I appreciated her professional philosophy, diligent work ethic and genuine support for my legal interests. Her advice reflected strong judgment, a skillful problem solver and an adept negotiator. She is an exceptional communicator – clear, concise and persuasive. Ms. Ayotte was able demystify the legalese and relate in plain English.
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Posted by Tonja | August 3, 2011
Wills, Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney
My partner and I worked with Christie to execute wills, financial and healthcare powers of attorneys and living wills. Christie was thoughtful and patient as we worked through this process. She asked questions and made sure we understood how each document worked. I would highly recommend Christie. She will be the "go to" attorney for my family from this point forward.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Managing Member
  • The Baer Law Firm LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Kitchens New Cleghorn
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Registered Mediator, Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Fulton County Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Technical Editor
  • PensionLitigationData.com
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Smith College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hotlanta Squares
  • Past President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Hotlanta Squares
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Hotlanta Squares
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 20th Annual Law Student Writing Competition
  • American Judges' Association
  • 2008
  • PFLAG Scholarship
  • PFLAG-Atlanta
  • 2008

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia State Retirees Association 9th Annual Statewide Conference
  • Probate Law - The Executor in Your Underwear Drawer
  • 2015
  • Georgia Equality's Marriage Equality Town Hall
  • Marriage Equality in Georgia
  • 2015
  • Emory Law's 1st Annual Family Law Panel
  • Careers in Family Law
  • 2014
  • McKesson Corp. OPEN Monthly Meeting
  • Legal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families in Georgia
  • 2013
  • Georgia State Retirees Assn Chapter Meeting
  • What Happens to Your Stuff When You Die
  • 2013
  • Macy's Diversity Council Meeting
  • Unraveling the Myth of the Gay Agenda: Legal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families
  • 2012
  • Georgia State Retirees Association Chapter Meeting
  • Why You Need an Advance Directive for Healthcare
  • 2012
  • Adult Education Class
  • You Only Die Once
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (16)
Endorse Christie
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working for Christie and seeing the compassion with which she approached the job. She genuinely cared about her clients and always went the extra mile to help them. She is a great lawyer and an even better person!"
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Other
"Christie is one of the best family law attorneys I know. Her gift is her ability to put her clients at ease throughout the legal process. Her advocacy is unparalleled and she is a fantastic oral arguer. I would refer a client to Christie in a heartbeat."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christie is sharp as a tack, a strong advocate who will ensure her clients are treated fairly. She is an outstanding negotiator!"
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She really knows her stuff."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christie Ayotte is a trusted peer of mine in the Atlanta & Decatur legal communities. I have worked with her in evaluating a Will contest case which she handled very adeptly for a client. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her when they have family law matters as well!"
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