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Barbara Esther Katz

Trusts Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1992
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About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Completion of last will & testament and assessing estate planning needs. Includes drafting testamentary trusts for the benefit of minors.

    31 years

  2. Trusts
    Utilizing revocable living trusts for probate avoidance needs

    31 years

  3. Probate
    Probate of Wills

    31 years

Barbara E. Katz is an estate planning and probate attorney whose practice is dedicated to assisting individuals and all families in all aspects of estate planning, including completing their wills and health care documents, as well as avoiding probate through the use of revocable living trusts. She is especially dedicated to helping alternative families, such as single parents and same sex couples, as well as unmarried individuals with family of choice, with legal issues in their personal lives.

Barbara also has extensive practice experience in the areas of adoption law and assisted reproductive technology law, but currently focuses her entire practice on wills, trusts, estate planning and probate law.

Barbara has spoken on legal issues related to estate planning for civic and religious groups. She has also spoken at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s seminar on adoption law.

Barbara graduated from the City University of New York School of Law in 1992, and was licensed for the practice of law in the state of Georgia later that year. Her firm’s mission, “Law in the Service of Your Family’s Needs,” was adapted from CUNY’s own mission statement.

In addition to her legal practice, Barbara is a teacher who taught Legal Writing, Research & Advocacy at Emory University School of Law from 1998-2004. She also taught and administered a bar review course offered through Georgia State University School of Law from 1994-2006. Finally, Barbara is a private tutor and offers a bar review course for students taking the Georgia Bar Exam.

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Barbara Esther Katz
1900 Century Place N.E. Suite 220
Atlanta, GA, 30345


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
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Barbara was wonderful during the reproductive process and adoption of our child. We felt confident every step of the way as she guided us through the details. Her advisory, professionalism and knowledge made a stressful situation feel manageable.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Barbara has been my Attorney for the past 15 years. She is very professional and thorough. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an Attorney in the Atlanta area.
Posted by Eric | November 2, 2018
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The Professional Lawyer
She was thorough and complete in the adoption of my daughter. I not only feel that she cared, but I witnessed it on the day of adoption. From the first handshake of "Hello" to the final hug of "Goodbye", I was confident in her abilities and honesty. She is serious about her job, her reputation and the integrity of the case. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Shannon | July 1, 2018
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Estate Planning
Ms. Katz has been wonderful. She made my estate planning a very smooth process by explaining everything in a clear and concise manner while still being thorough. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone else who needs assistance creating a will or revocable living trust.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2018
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I had the pleasure to have Barbara as my Lawyer for completing my will. She was so professional in helping me to understand every single detail of the documents she was about to prepare. I definitely recommend Barbara to everyone who is about to hire a high professional level lawyer.
Posted by Chris | January 29, 2017
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Great attorney!
We have gotten help from Barbara Katz twice: first with part of our adoption process, and second with our wills and advanced directives. In both experiences, Ms. Katz was thorough, efficient, and extremely patient with our need to be "walked through the basics." Everything went smoothly and was completed in the time she predicted.
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Posted by Karen and Louis | January 26, 2017
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Fantastic Attorney
We adopted 4 children from DFCS on 3 separate occasions and Barbara handled each one. She was wonderful to work with. She was incredibly prompt in returning phone calls or emails and handled every last detail. We truly turned everything over to her and knew she would get it done. Her work and commitment to our cases were very thorough. We strongly recommend Barbara to any family seeking an attorney who is an adoption specialist.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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Very Pleased
She is very knowledgeable on the law. She took her time with us, and was available for questions.
Posted by Greg | January 26, 2017
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Excellent service! Very pleasant, professional and knowledgeable
Ms. Katz was recommended by my adoption agency. She led me through the intricacies of legal adoption from the GA foster care system and estate planning and she was fantastic. She has a very welcoming, chill presence but very professional at all times. She was an excellent listener and it was clear that she was very knowledgeable. She explained every detail of both the adoption and estate planning and was happy to answer questions. She even explained how to make changes in the future - which would require an attorney and which wouldn't and explained exactly how to do myself. An excellent painless experience - I will return and will recommend to everyone!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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Step-parent Adoption was Seamless - Highly Recommend Barbara!
We had previously worked with Barbara on doing some wills, legal paperwork & estate planning. We are a same sex couple who are legally married with both parents names on our child's birth certificate. But, we wanted to ensure adequate protection for our family and elected to pursue step-parent adoption. Everything with Barbara went extremely smoothly. We filled out the required paperwork and Barbara took care of everything else. She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in this field. We knew we were in good hands and felt comfortable with her throughout the process.
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Posted by Lauren | January 25, 2017
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Same sex parent adoption and wills
Barbara was referred to us by some friends when we started going through the adoption process for me to adopt children my wife had conceived. She guided us through the process and was extremely thorough. Any questions we had, she answered and explained. Not only did she represent me she also did our wills for my wife and I. I would definitely use Barbara in the future and recommend her to family and friends.
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Posted by Suzy | August 26, 2016
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Barbara Katz was incredible. We needed her to create our living will and we set up an initial consult . Life got away from us and 5 years later we reached out in regards to completing our will...not only did she complete the will, she didn't charge us additional fees for making her have to revisit our documents numerous times as our circumstances changed in that 5 year period with our children. Honest, reliable and professional.
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Posted by Sara | August 26, 2016
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The best legal service in Atlanta!
We have used Barbara Katz for several years - for legal documents such as wills, power of attorney and for 3 happy occasions of adoption! She is at the top of her profession in legal knowledge, professionalism and a detailed understanding of the legal system both locally and on a federal level. She is always prompt returning calls and emails. I highly recommend Barbara - we have always felt 100% confident in her excellent legal services.
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Posted by Vaughan | May 15, 2015
Excellent Service
I had a wonderful experience working with Ms. Katz. Ms. Katz helped me draft a new Will, Health Care Directive, Power of Attorney, revoke an old trust and create a new one as well as complete an Affidavit of Title and Quit-claim deed. Ms. Katz did 98 % of the work. My 2 % consisted of telling her what I wanted and signing the papers. She is now my family's attorney and we love her work ethic.
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Posted by Bess | May 6, 2015
Barbara Esther Katz
Barbara Katz was recommended to me by a close friend, and she was everything and more than the friend said about her. She was very helpful in advising me about my will and all of the other important items I should have in place. I changed my mind about one item in the will and went back to her, and she advised me again in a very professional and kind manner. I will always choose Barbara when I am in need of legal advice.i
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Posted by Debbie | April 15, 2015
Excellent services
We hired Barbara Katz to assist us with the second parent adoption of our daughter. She explained the entire process and put us at ease. We also chose her to create our Wills. She was very thorough. We plan to use her as needed in the future. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Dottie | April 11, 2015
Excellent Service
My needs were fairly simple but nicely accomplished with some humor and in a relaxed setting. There was nothing stiff about the process of writing a will and my questions about "legalize" were answered so that I could understand. The process was clear and options presented in a helpful way. I was able to check off the chore of will writing and feel that it had been done with a great deal of skill.
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Posted by Shannon | April 10, 2015
Highly recommend Barbara Katz
My partner and I enjoyed working with Barbara to address our legal needs. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable of domestic partnership legal issues and a talented lawyer. I HIGHLY recommend Barbara to same sex couples looking to "legalize" their relationship. Thank you Barbara for helping us with our Will, power of attorney, etc.
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Posted by Megan | April 8, 2015
A Remarkable Lawyer
I have had the great pleasure of working with Barbara Katz on two separate cases. She has always been a true advocate, extremely professional (without being "stuffy"), consistently available as my counsel and always kind. I was impressed with her the first time we worked with one another and couldn't wait to work with her again when the opportunity presented itself. I HIGHLY recommend, Barbara Katz!! She is truly an outstanding person and an impressive attorney.
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Posted by Danielle | April 8, 2015
Easy family planning
We used the legal services of Barbara Katz to do a same sex second parent adoption and then proceeded to make out wills. She was very easy to work with and extremely knowledgable of the process. We plan to use her for future adoptions and any sort of legal family planning. I would absolutely recommend her services.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Barbara Katz Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Professor, Legal Writing, Research, Advocacy Program
  • Emory University School Of Law
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Managing Attorney
  • Mackinson & Katz
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Schildmeyer, Mackinson & Katz
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Law Office of M.P. Schildmeyer
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • City University of New York
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Finalization of Agency Adoption
  • adoption granted
  • Pre-Birth Parentage Order in Surrogacy Case
  • Order granted
  • Domestication of Foreign Adoption
  • Adoption granted
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  • Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Summer Internship
  • New York University
  • 1989


  • ICLE of Georgia Program Materials: Adoption Law & Practice in Georgia
  • Post-Obergefell Issues in Custody and Adoption
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • ICLE of Georgia: Adoption Law & Practice in Georgia
  • Post-Obergefell Issues in Custody and Adoption
  • 2017
  • Legal Issues in Adoption
  • Finalizing Private Adoptions
  • 2013
  • Adoption Process Through Foster Care
  • Foster Care Adoption
  • 2013
  • Adoption Law for LGBT Community
  • Adoption Law for LGBT Community
  • 2013
  • Legal Issues for LGBT Couples
  • Marriage Laws & LGBT Relationships
  • 2012
  • Legal Issues for LGBT Community
  • Protecting LGBT Relationships
  • 2012
  • Children in Foster Care
  • Foster Care Adoption
  • 2011
  • Choice Moms Annual Conference
  • Estate Planning for Single Mothers
  • 2009
  • Marriage Laws and the LGBT Community
  • Protecting LGBT Relationships
  • 2007
  • Employment Law CLE
  • Title VII Discrimination Claims
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
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Adoption Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Barbara on ART law matters and through the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. She is a knowledgeable attorney and works hard to advocate on behalf of her clients."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is conscientious, knowledgeable, and principled."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for Adoption and Surrogacy Matters."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara Katz is a extraordinary lawyer and an expert in the areas of gestational surrogacy, adoption and wills and estate planning. She is well known and well respected in the legal community and is my go to for all adoption referrals. I wholeheartedly endorse Barbara Katz."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Barbara Katz for anyone that needs expert guidance on a family law or adoption matter. Her conscientious attention to and concern for clients combined with her vast knowledge of and experience in these legal specialties should place her at the top of the list for anyone seeking legal representation."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many individuals to Barbara Katz, both for adoptions and for wills/probate work. People I have referred to her have consistently been very, very pleased with her services. She is meticulous, responsive, highly competent, and pleasant. I endorse her in her practice areas without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Katz is professional and very knowledgeable. She is devoted to providing her clients with excellent legal representation. I rate her with the very best in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara Katz is an extremely experienced adoption attorney. I never hesitate to call on her for adoption advice in my practice, and to refer clients to her that are better served by her skills."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"Barbara is a true expert on the subject of Georgia adoption law. I hired her to perform my tricky adoption, and she made the process easy & stress-free. I highly recommend her!"
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barbara. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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