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I represent clients in disputes over the control and transfer of business and family wealth. I have 33 years of experience in trial and appellate advocacy in the complex world of trusts, estates, guardianships, conservatorships, powers of attorney, and closely held businesses, including partnerships, LLCs, and corporations. I have tried cases all over Georgia and argued or briefed appeals in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

I have written scholarly articles on fiduciary law and litigation, and spoken at professional seminars on these subjects. I have been recognized as a leader by the bench and bar, having recently served as President of the Atlanta Bar Association. My greatest satisfaction comes in helping my clients resolve their legal and financial disputes so that they can move on to the next chapter of their personal or professional lives.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 75%
    34 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    22 years



Hourly ($345-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Duncan Hamilton Adams

    I firs had the opportunity to meet Wade when I had a difficult issue with opposing counsel in a case I had. I was unsure what to do, but had some ideas. Regardless, I called Wade for advice and he directed to a little-known Georgia statute, which I used in my case. Needless to say, Wade saved the day with his intricate knowledge of Georgia probate law. I highly recommend Wade and his firm for estate planning and probate litigation. Duncan H. Adams


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Contact info

The Watson Firm, LLC

2200 Century Parkway NE
Suite 990
Atlanta, GA, 30345-3103


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardAtlanta Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberThe Watson Firm, LLC2015 - Present
PartnerCaldwell & Watson LLP1994 - 2015
Of CounselFellows La Briola, LLP1993 - 1994
Assistant County AttorneyOffice of the DeKalb County Attorney1984 - 1986
PartnerJohnson & Montgomery1982 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2014 - Present
Atlanta Bar FoundationBoard Member2013 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationDirector2004 - Present
Meridian HeraldBoard Member1997 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember1987 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1982 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationPresident2013 - 2014
Atlanta Bar AssociationVice President/President Elect2012 - 2013
Atlanta Bar AssociationSecretary2011 - 2012
Atlanta Bar AssociationTreasurer2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hood v. Todd, 287 Ga. 164, 695 S.E.2d 31 (2010)Won favorable opinion in Georgia Supreme Court
Kothari v. Patel, 262 Ga. App. 168$1.8 million verdict affirmed on appeal
Sims v. Heath, 258 Ga. App. 681$1.5 million verdict affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
The LitigatorGeorgia Court of Appeals Saves Direct Action Remedy and Extends It To Limited Liability Companies2007
The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationWill Contests, Litigating the Trillion Dollar Inheritance of the Baby Boomers1997
Ga. Bar JThe Development of the Shareholder's Direct Action Damage Remedy1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Emory UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fiduciary Law InstituteLifetime Transfers To A Second Spouse: Hard Issues and Their Resolution Through Mediation2010
Update on Georgia LawUpdate On Georgia Fiduciary Law2009
Regional ConferenceUpdate On Georgia Fiduciary Law2009
Estate Planning ConferenceAvoiding or Engaging in Fiduciary and Probate Litigation2007
Business LawLitigating A Breach Of Majority Owner Fiduciary Duty In A Closely Held Corporation2002
45th Estate Planning InstituteLessons From A Troubled Estate: The Story of Otwell v. Regions Bank2000