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About me

I am a fiduciary litigator with a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School as well as both accounting and finance degrees, summa cum laude, from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. My litigation practice at Gaslowitz Frankel LLC involves representing family members, corporate fiduciaries and business owners in complex will, trust, estate, guardianship and partnership disputes.


My firm handles potential breaches of fiduciary duties and disputes in probate matters, estates, wills, trusts, guardianships, businesses, and partnerships. To my clients, I am a counselor in every sense of the word. I guide people in making both legal and practical decisions in times of enormous emotional stress, while at the same time helping them gain perspective on what matters and what is oftentimes distraction or noise.

I publish and lecture frequently in the area of fiduciary disputes and particularly on the resolution and avoidance of those disputes, and have been interviewed frequently by national publications, including the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report. I have also appeared numerous times on CNN and several local media outlets as an expert commentator on high-profile estate and trust disputes in the news.

For more information, please email or call 404-892-9797.


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 40%
    27 years, 1.4 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 25%
    27 years, 500 cases
  3. Guardianship: 20%
    27 years, 150 cases
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    27 years, 400 cases
  5. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%
    27 years, 4 thousand cases


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Contact info

Gaslowitz Frankel LLC

4500 Suntrust Plaza
303 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA, 30308-3243


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198407/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
SuperlawyerAtlanta Magazine2008
SuperlawyerAtlanta Magazine2007
SuperlawyerAtlanta Magazine2006
Elected FellowAmerican College of Trust & Estate Counsel2004
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerGaslowitz Frankel LLC1989 - Present
AssociateKitchens, Kelley & Gaynes1987 - 1989
Associate-ERISAFisher & Phillips1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Community Foundation of AtlantaAdvisory Board2008 - Present
Atlanta Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors2007 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fiduciary litigation committeeMember2005 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2004 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionBoard of Directors1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, litigation committeecommittee member1993 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Ethics and Professionalism Committeecommittee member1993 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sectionmember1989 - Present
Georgia Bar Association-Fiduciary Law SectionPast President2007 - 2008
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionPast President2002 - 2003
Piedmont Park ConservancyBoard of Directors1986 - 1990
Onstage AtlantaChairman1985 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Senator Herman TalmadgeN/A
Estate of Hosea WilliamsN/A
Estate of Chris BenoitN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
American College of Trust and Estate CouncilA Trustee’s Duty to Diversify,2006
Bottom Line PersonalProtect Your Inheritance From ‘Good Samaritans2005
Bottom Line PersonalHow to Keep Your Family From Fighting Over Your Money2005
North Fulton Living MagazineThe Ugly Trustee: Choosing the Best Executors and Trustees to Avoid Future Headaches2005
North Fulton Living Magazine and Cobb Living MagazineSave Your Family From an Ugly Estate Dispute: Advance Planning is the Key?2004
North Fulton Living Magazine & Cobb Living MagazineThe Looming Crisis in Estate Disputes: Beware the Title Wave2003
National Business Institute SeminarHandling Litigation Issues in Probate1999
The MortmainAn Ounce of Prevention. . . .The Will Execution Ceremony1999
The Jewish TimesMediation: Nipping Estate Disputes in the Bud1999
Atlanta Bar AssociationMinimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes at the Planning Staget1998
Inc. MagazineFinancial Strategies: Compensation--Performance Unit Plans1991
Financial PlanningExecutive Compensation: a Primer for Financial Planners1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Emory UniversityAccounting, FinanceOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Planned Giving Council“Creating a Charitable Estate Plan Without Creating an Estate Dispute: Lessons from the Litigation Front-lines2008
Council of Probate Court JudgesApplication of the Civil Practice Act to Georgia Probate Courts2008
Atlanta Estate Planning Counsel“Most Common Pitfalls Leading to Litigation in Transferring Family Wealth and Values, Estate Planning, and Post-Mortem Estate Planning2008
54th Annual Estate Planning InstituteThe Proposed Uniform Trust Code in Georgia2008
Lorman Educational ServicesLitigation of Estates, Trusts and Guardianships in Georgia,2006
ACTEC Southern Regional MeetingInvestment Responsibility and Current Status of the Law on Duty to Diversify2006
North Georgia Estate Planning CounselHeading off Estate Disputes: Recognizing the Warning Signs2005
Basic Fiduciary Practice InstituteMinimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach to Estate Planning2005
Fiduciary Law Section’s 48th Annual Estate Planning InstituteMediation in Probate Court Matters2004
Fiduciary Law Section’s 2004 Annual Fiduciary Law InstituteWill Contests: Wealth Transfer Without Bloodshed2004
Basic Fiduciary Practice InstituteMinimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach to Estate Planning2004
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Monthly BreakfastMediating Estate Disputes2004
Fiduciary Law Section’s 47th Annual Estate Planning InstitutePlanning to Minimize the Risk of Estate Disputes: Notes From the Field2002
Atlanta state Planning and Probate Section BreakfastPlanning to Avoid Estate Disputes: Postcards From the Battlefield2001
Fiduciary Law Section’s 1999 Annual Fiduciary Law InstituteTortious Interference with Inheritance: The Final Frontier in Estate Litigation?1999