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Nathaniel Michael Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at McDonough, GA

4.3   39 reviews

also known as Nate Smith

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2009
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Nathaniel

Learn Nathaniel’s areas of practice.

I opened my own practice in 2009 and have handled cases dealing with

    • adoption,
    • personal injury (automobile accident),
    • contested divorce,
    • uncontested divorce,
    • child custody,
    • child visitation,
    • child support,
    • guardianship (of an adult),
    • guardianship (of a minor),
    • conservatorship,
    • wills,
    • trusts,
    • advance directives for health care,
    • quitclaim deeds,
    • executor's deeds,
    • misdemeanor criminal charges,
    • felony criminal charges,
    • DUI,
    • contempt,
    • temporary protection orders,
    • deprivation and child abuse,
    • paternity: legitimation (establishing paternity), and
    • paternity: setting aside paternity



      I have handled cases in Henry County, Clayton County, Fayette County, Coweta County, Walton County, DeKalb County, Jasper County, Butts County, Spalding County, Fulton County and Forsyth County

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      Nathaniel M. Smith, Attorney and Counselor at Law
      38 Hampton Street
      Suite B
      McDonough, GA, 30253-3221

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      4.3 / 5.0
        39 customer reviews
      Posted by Alex and Rachel | March 21, 2023
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Great Lawyer
      Me and my wife have been a client of Nate Smith for several years for two separate issues/cases. He has always been very helpful, along with all of his staff. Nate very rarely tells us what we want to hear but he always follows the law and gives honest advice. He is a good honest Christian man and has always had a good sense of humor to help lighten the mood when we were at some low discouraging times. My wife and I are probably the most cumbersome trying clients he has, rarely a week goes by that we arent have to fill him in on drama ,regarding our case, we know he is a very busy man but he always finds time to get back to us. Even if just for simple questions . So if you are looking for a good attorney who follows the law and is real, call Smith and Little. One of the things we admire most about him is he has moral values and he will not jeopardize that for money. If you want a crooked lawyer who plays dirty then this is probably not the attorney for you. He is very professional but also kind and we have always felt at ease while in his office. He has helped us so much with a custody/visitation case involving a very difficult ex, and praise the Lord thanks to Nate we have made so much progress in that area. We will always recommend him and his staff to everyone we meet.
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      Posted by Anastasia | October 24, 2019
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Truly professional and knowledgeable
      Nate and his staff were very helpful in a difficult custody battle and domestic violence situation. He was able to represent me in a very difficult situation, and remain calm, collected, and understanding. Nate did a great job of keeping me involved each step of the way of what was going on, even when i moved from the area across country. His office has a detailed billing process that helped me understand what work was happening and costs associated. He is smart with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the addition to kind, and purposely real/blunt to the situation at hand for the best solution possible, that is realistic. I definitely recommend his services and will forever be grateful for representing the best interests of my children and I.
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      Posted by Erin | June 24, 2019
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Best Divorce and Custody Attorney
      "Recommendation" is not a powerful enough word for how I strongly endorse Nate Smith and his team. Having been through a emotionally and fear-charged divorce and custody situation, I can say his gentle demeanor belies a sharp intelligence and calmly calculated experience in these matters. My situation could have gone extremely different and been a completely different case, had Nate not advised me with a thoughtful strategy as to how to approach the entire situation. By following his guidance, a messy, potentially dangerous custody scenario never even manifested. Nate understands, from his long-term experience, both the Court system and just as importantly, PEOPLE in general.  Instead, in the end, we stood before the judge for literally 7 minutes before my case was completely resolved in a way that was in my favor (Hallelujah!! My son's welfare was at stake), the truth was laid out in a way that was simple, concise, factual... And as painless for me as was possible for a hurting heart. Nate and his experienced team of attorneys and paralegals handle everything methodically and carefully. I.E.: even though we only had to stand before the judge for a few minutes (because of Nate's careful planning and knowledge) nonetheless he came prepared with a file for my case of EVERYTHING I had given him. Said file was so thick it had to weigh at least 35 lbs. He is confident in his abilities, which is a comfort when you're vulnerable and going thru these things, but nonetheless is always prepared for every angle. He was prepared for ANYTHING. He has a heart for his work and for his clients. AND HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING. I cannot stress enough how he walked me through this, and made a bad situation one of the most happy, relieved ones of my life... ultimately getting me full and total custody. Read that again. He successfully won my case with everything I'd petitioned. Everyone's case is different, and there's no guarantees in anything, BUT The Law Office of Nathaniel M. Smith, LLC., is the best there is at what they do, from Kathy the sweet receptionist (who's also a notary) to Nate the Lead Attorney. If you need legal counsel that is both compassionate and shrewdly knowledgeable, able to plan quietly and also fight if need be, hire Nate Smith and his team to be your Counselor for your day in court. Praise be to God and gratitude to attorneys who don't just "practice" law; but have the knowledge and legal prowess to Master it, giving their clients justice and favorable results. 
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      Posted by DUSTIN MORRISON | November 7, 2018
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Great legal advice and counsel
      Very pleasant. We did a child custody modification and made the process very easy. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
      Posted by Lee | March 28, 2017
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Family Law
      After years of my former spouse playing games that affected the relationship between my child and myself, Mr. Smith was able to not only end the games, but he was able to secure me custody of my child. Mr. Smith provided representation that was superior to anything I had encountered before. His retainer and fees charged were fair and reasonable.
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      Posted by Maria | November 4, 2016
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      He is the GREATEST!!!!
      I love Nate! He is an awesome atty. Nate was my divorce atty in 2013. I hired him after I tried someone else and paid for the divorce I then had to hire Nate and he pretty much had to start from ground zero with me. He offers fair & reasonable prices. He always got back with me even if he was in court. I refer everyone that ask me about a lawyer to him! He is very professional. His office staff are great as well. If he is in court you can call them and they will try to take care of any issues you may need. I currently keep Nate number on speed dial lol. Seriously Nate is amazing and I call him anytime I have a legal issue or legal representation. Very smart, laid back & Very knowledgeable! I would not hesitate to choose Nate!
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      Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2015
      This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
      | Consulted Attorney
      I am happy with the consultation I received from Mr. Smith. He put my mind at ease on several concerns that I have with my current case. I felt the need to add a review prior to hiring him because HE IS JUST THAT CALMING! I love my daughter and I want to do all that I can to protect her. Mr. Smith was honest to let me know that there are somethings the court will and will not do. Which I feel my current Attorney has not been clear about. I wish I went to him sooner, my mediation session would have been a lot better if I had him. I plan on hiring Mr. Smith. I spoke with him for about 35 mins and I feel he was very PROFESSIONAL in the short time we discussed my case.
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      Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2015
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Great Attorney & Fair Pricing
      Mr. Smith handled my divorce in 2011. He made me very comfortable and he definitely looked out for the best interest of my daughter and me. He got everything done in a very timely manner and always explained things clearly. He helped make the divorce process much less stressful. He also had very fair pricing and did not overcharge. Highly recommend him.
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      Posted by Ron Marsh | August 27, 2015
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Great Lawyer
      I was getting the run around from other lawyers about pricing and what I needed to do. when I contacted Mr. Smith we was very very professional and answered all my questions. All emails and calls were always returned within 24 hours. Although going through the ordeal was not pleasant my experience with Mr. Smith was
      Posted by Martha | August 27, 2015
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Satisfied Client
      We are very grateful for the attention Nathaniel Smith showed to our problem. He is very compassionate about his work and understands the needs of his clients. My husband and I used him on a civil matter that never required us having to mediate with the other parties. Everything was handled in a professional manner and we were very satisfied with the outcome.
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      Posted by Ricky | August 27, 2015
      This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
      | Hired Attorney
      Best Attorney ever
      Nate is not your typical lawyer. He gets his point across while remaining cool, calm, and to the point. Nate is a great Christian man and it truly shows in the courtroom and out. I would trust Nate for any legal matters that I need addressed. Thank you Nate for all the help you have provided my family. I would never want another attorney after working with you.
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      Posted by Bridget | April 13, 2015
      He is a Great Attorney!
      I am a former and current client of Mr. Smith and he is an impeccable attorney. In 2011-2012 he represented me in a custody battle against my child's father and I was able to receive a parenting plan that was definitely in the better interest of my child, but also in my favor. 3 years later, I am married and my husband has primary custody over his 2 children. Nathaniel Smith represented my husband against a false allegation TPO and all I can say is that he truly fights for his clients. I would definitely recommend Mr. Smith to anyone who is seeking an attorney who is very knowledgeable about the family court system. GOD BLESS!
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      Posted by J D | March 18, 2015
      straight forward
      If you wish to have a lawyer who will lie to you to make you feel better and let you get away with grammatical errors, this is NOT your man. He knows what he's doing and was vable to adapt with my unique childcare situation. Thanks Nate!
      Posted by Doyle | September 22, 2014
      Honest and Trustworthy Attorney
      Nathaniel Smith has been my attorney for the past 4 to 5 years, pretty much as soon as he was licensed. He has been incredible handling my cases from child support, child custody, alimony, and even one for my business. I have used other attorneys in the past and have always felt they were more concerned about getting my money than actually helping me. Mr. Smith, who is a family man, has always treated me like I was part of his family. His prices are more than fair and he is always willing to work with you on payments. When I say I have an attorney for life, I do. You can't go wrong with Nathaniel Smith.
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      Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2014
      Wise and Caring Counsel
      My divorce was such an emotional, frightening, and confusing time - especially since there is a child involved - and Mr. Smith did a fantastic job of helping me stay grounded and focused. When I was overwhelmed with interrogatories, document gathering, and other grueling assignments, he made time to walk me through the process until I was 100% confident that everything was in place. And when I thought I would fall to pieces because of the shenanigans and persecution from my ex, Mr. Smith was there to answer my questions and advise me on how to legally protect my child, my home, and myself. His counsel during mediation and prioritizing of essential details, helped me temper my emotional responses and negotiate more effectively. He is wise, encouraging, warm, knowledge, and available. His personal attention made me feel that my case was top priority.
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      Posted by Thomas | August 18, 2014
      Nathaniel Smith provided me with excellent legal representation. I am pleased with his services. He is extremely knowledgeable about domestic law and courtroom procedures. He is personable, reasonable, and fair.
      Posted by LaWanda | August 9, 2014
      Great lawyer
      Mr. Smith handled my complicated divorce case easily. He was readily available for questions or concerns by e-mail and responded to my phone calls promptly.
      Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2014
      Review of Nathaniel Smith
      Mr. Smith did an excellent job on my divorce case. What was supposed to be a pretty straight forward case became quite difficult. Mr. Smith was able to keep things from escalating out of control even further, and resolved my case in reasonable amount of time given how uncooperative the defendant and her attorney were being.
      Posted by Shane | June 23, 2014
      Great Representation!!
      Nathan handled my case like few attorneys do these days. He went out of his way to help me which intern showed me that he actually cares about his clients and their situations. He gave me options on how to handle my situation that other attorneys i talked to just threw under the bus. I was very impressed by his knowledge and use of the law. Its good to know that his office is in my area if anything like this ever happens again. Thank you ..Shane
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      Posted by Bart | June 10, 2013
      review for Nathaniel Smith
      Mr. Smith handled a divorce case for me in a very professonal and courteous manner. He responded to any question I had very promptly. I felt very confident with his knowledge and expertise and was glad he was in my corner.
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      • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
      Payment methods
      Cash, Check, Credit Card


      AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

      Work Experience

      • Managing Partner
      • The Law Office of Nathaniel M. Smith
      • 2009 - Present


      • Washington and Lee University School of Law
      • JD - Juris Doctor
      • 2009

      Sample of Legal Cases

      • Brent D. Chisholm v. Mikysha Ruffin
      • The Court awarded custody to my client.


      • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
      • 2009 - Present
      • State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Law Section
      • 2009 - Present

      Languages Spoken

      • English

      Speaking Engagements

      • Professor Schliecker's Class
      • Psychology, Ethics and the Law
      • 2012

      Attorney endorsements

      Received (14)
      Given (21)
      Endorse Nathaniel
      Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "I endorse this lawyer. He's a well respected lawyer in the community."
      Child custody Attorney | Jan 30
      Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
      "I've known Nate for several years and I know him to be a principled attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. He's a genuinely good guy who cares about his clients and their cases."
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 12
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "I've known Nate Smith since law school, where his passion for his practice was evident from the beginning. I would confidently refer clients to Attorney Smith knowing that he is a diligent, skilled, and zealous advocate."
      Probate Attorney | Jun 28
      Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
      "Nathaniel has a keen understanding of the issues faced in probate matters. He is hardworking, professional, responsive, and provides excellent representation for his clients."
      Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "Nathaniel Smith is truly a great attorney who is well respected in the legal community. He works tirelessly for his clients and knows how to get great results."
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Nathaniel Smith is an excellent attorney who endeavors to achieve the best results for his clients. He is a hard working ethical attorney who is willing to prepare for trial and research every angle of his client's case. I have litigated cases against Attorney Smith and he is a formidable opponent. Attorney Smith epitomizes the qualities that one should seek when selecting an attorney, as he is honest, tenacious and committed to his clients."
      Child custody Attorney | Sep 09
      Relationship: Friend
      "I've known Nathaniel since the early days of law school. He impressed me back then with his kindness, ability to hold a conversation, and intelligence. He continues to impress me with his continued (and expected) success and passionate advocacy for his clients."
      Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Smith is always prepared, diligent, and hardworking in pursuit of the best outcome for his client."
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 22
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Smith is very professional at all times and advocates aggressively for his clients."
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 30
      Relationship: Worked together on matter
      "Mr. Smith and I met on a divorce case in which he represented one party and in which I acted as guardian ad litem for the children. I was impressed with Mr. Smith's commitment to his client, which did not waiver throughout a very long and difficult case. He was well prepared at trial, and his client benefited greatly from his expertise. I also found him to be quite generous and personable outside of the courtroom, as he gave me some valuable advice regarding the running of my own law practice. I would recommend him to anyone who needs representation in family law matters."
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 13
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "When it comes to divorce/family law matters, few attorneys in Henry Co. are as respected and knowledgeable as Mr. Smith. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking superior representation and positive results!"
      Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
      Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
      "Mr. Smith is an excellent family law attorney. We were opposing counsel in a case and he was a highly competent professional adversary. I would recommend him to anyone seeking help with a family law matter."
      Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "Attorney Smith and I went to law school together. He is hard working and knowledgable. He fosters great relationships with clients and follows that with great results."
      Family Attorney | Sep 14
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
      "Nate is a fine lawyer and gentleman. He is well prepared and knowledgable about the law."
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      McDonough Divorce and separation Lawyer Nathaniel Michael Smith
      Nathaniel Michael Smith
      Divorce and separation Attorney
      McDonough, GA
      Licensed for 14 years