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Alton H. Branson

also known as A.H. "Dusty" Branson, A Hillier Branson

About me

Probate is an area of law in which I specialize because of the opportunity to help people through what is often their time of greatest challenge and vulnerability.  I proceed with compassion and empathy for those who have lost a loved one. Probate and estate administration are always made easier if the deceased had an up to date, well thought out estate plan. In estate planning I listen to the clients explain their ultimate goals and devise the most effective and practical means of achieving those objectives. Trusts are particularly helpful as they can accomodate desires that may not otherwise be attainable. This process often entails reading between the lines. This is helpful because a client is not always aware of the various legal avenues to achieve what are sometimes complex desires and goals for their estate.  In addition to a will and or trust, an estate plan should include a power of attorney for health care in which wishes for their care may be expressed. It is my objective to make a difficult time and process efficient and understandable for the client.


Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Probate: 65%
    34 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    34 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    8 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert W. Hughes Jr.

    Dusty is one of the finest and experienced lawyers I know. His knowledge of estate planning for both high net worth people as well as the average person is remarkable. Dusty's location next to Lenox Square is easily accessible for midtown folks. I cannot say enough about Dusty's commitment to handling his client's needs.


    Robert Hughes Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joe Matthew Queen

    Dusty and I have worked together on a number of complex probate and superior court disputes and his knowledge of the law is outstanding. He has great solutions for complex and unique issues. I unreservedly endorse Dusty for all probate, estate, and related issues.


    Joe Queen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

A. Hillier Branson & Associates, LLC

3355 Lenox Road
Suite 750
Atlanta, GA, 30326


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBranson Law, LLC1985 - Present
Director, Trust DivisionRabin County Bank1982 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Sectionmember2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1982 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Estate Planning SectionMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate CaseWe prevailed. The other daughter withdrew her petition.
Simple use of a TrustProtection of a child
Estate PlanningSuccessfully Drafted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Atlanta Bar AssociationLegal Structure of Methods for Managing Funds of an Incapacitated Adult2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Georgia State UniversityManagementB.B.A.1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Basic Estate Planningwills & Trusts - information you need to know2015
Trusts for the average individualTrusts2014