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Michael Ryan Peacock

Probate Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Hotchkiss Hoffecker Peacock, LLC

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate

    11 years

  2. Estate planning
    Draft and advise clients with respect to Wills, Family Trusts, Advanced Healthcare Directives/Living Wills, and Financial Powers of Attorney

    11 years

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    Commercial/Business Litigation; Securities Litigation; Landlord/Tenant Disputes; Shareholder Disputes; Legal Malpractice

    20 years

  4. Business
    LLC Formation, Contract Review and Negotiation, Review of Employment Termination and Severance Agreements

    11 years

  5. Real estate
    Drafting and recording of deeds

    11 years

As the son of an Air Force officer, I had the fortune of "growing up" in many different places, which exposed me to a diverse array of people and cultures.  These experiences helped to shape the person and attorney I am today: curious, engaging, and versatile.  When it comes to the practice of law, I strive to assist my clients with all of their legal needs in a direct and cost-effective manner.  If I do not possess the requisite experience in the area of law at hand, chances are I know and can steer my clients to an attorney who does.  When not working with clients, I enjoy traveling, hiking with my two Catahoulas, Belle and Tallulah, and spending time with my family and adorable nephew in Tampa, Florida.

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Michael Ryan Peacock
1201 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA, 30361

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5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by T R Cosby | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Georgia
In my experience with hiring attorneys, especially in a big city like Atlanta, I always feel like I am kind of speaking to a salesman who is only interested in the bottom-dollar and what i can do for him/her. Therefore, I am always leery when speaking to one of them. Within the first five minutes of speaking to Michael Ryan Peacock, I knew I had the right guy. He was very calm, cool and collected with me, even though I was nervous and would sometimes speak out of line. He answered all of my questions and showed a very genuine concern for my well-being. I was pretty much overwhelmed by his generosity and integrity. Family issues are very sensitive subjects when it comes to the death of a loved one, and my Father's death was the most traumatic event of my entire life. Now I have to tackle problems 8 years later. It is exhausting. I am a very very happy and satisfied client of Mr Peacock now, and I will send anyone and everyone I know in Atlanta to him. DO NOT CALL ANYONE ELSE. You see all 5 star reviews for a reason. Thanks again Michael.
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Posted by Carrie | May 19, 2016
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Job well done
Michael was a great attorney he provided me with great service and a great price. Michael represented me while I was out of town filed all the proper paperwork and answered all my emails. Michael also made sure I received all payments owed to me thank you
Posted by patrick | May 15, 2016
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Michael Peacock Review
Michael represented me in a litigation case. Though it was a pretty straightforward case it had many moving parts. I can say with sincerity that Michael is different from every attorney I have worked with. I was repeatedly comforted by the understanding that Michael had for my case; not just in the sense of the law but the actual details of my case. It also became very apparent to me that Michael's focus was also on completing tasks timely while providing a high level of quality; he cared more about moving my case along and getting positive results than he did about "running up" or sending me a bill.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2015
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Professional and attentive
I had a great experience working with Michael recently on updating my estate planning documents. I find him to be professional, thorough, and very easy to work with, and definitely would not hesitate to recommend him to others in need.
Posted by Larry | September 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above & Beyond the call of duty!
Michael's handling of my family's estate was extraordinary. He was at all times attentive and responsive to my requests. He overextended himself by making a special trip on a weekend to personally show up at my family gathering to explain the terms of the will to the beneficiaries and obtain their signatures on needed documents. I highly recommend Michael Peacock for estate attorney services.
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Posted by Kelley | September 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Gudiance
Michael Peacock was wonderful with helping us execute our family estate planning. He was a true professional and took his time by listening to our needs, explaining and guiding us as we went through the process. In addition, we were on a short time frame before we had to leave on a trip and Michael expedited everything so we felt comfortable that all was complete when we left. I would highly recommend Michael Peacock.
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Posted by Don Blackston | September 4, 2015
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Review / Revise My Will & Testament
Mr. Peacock was very thorough in the revisions to the existing Will & Testament subsequent to my divorce. He went thru every article in detail and recommended appropriate options to protect myself.
Posted by Karen | March 12, 2015
Professional & Helpful
Mr. Peacock provided excellent legal assistance for what we needed for our will & family trust. He was very helpful and professional. I have recommended him to my family members.
Posted by Harriett | March 6, 2015
Great Job Michael Peacock
Michael completed my will and related documents just as I wanted. With his professional guidance, I was able to obtain documents to give my family a peace of mind as to my wishes.
Posted by Paul | February 24, 2015
Litigation assistance / breach of contract
Michael represented me in a case against my former employer and helped me secure a judgment for unpaid wages. He agreed to take my case on a contingency fee basis, which was great because I got a great attorney that I could not have afforded otherwise.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2015
An Exceptional Attorney
Michael R. Peacock is an exceptional attorney. He is very conscientious and responsive to all your concerns. Most importantly he is very trust worthy and an individual of high integrity! He helped me through the process that can be overwhelming and emotional to the lay person.
Posted by Dan and Alice | December 31, 2014
estate planning review
We employed Michael to create a Will, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directive. We found him to be friendly but professional. He was easy to communicate with and we established an immediate rapport. We highly recommend Michael to anyone who needs an attorney for estate planning purposes.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2014
Great Estate Lawyer
Michael helped my sister and I handle the estate of our grandmother. She did not have a will or power of attorney so we had to go through the courts probate process in order to become Administrators of your estate. Michael provided us with all of the paperwork needed to get this process started and completed. Not only was he informative with questions we asked he was also very responsive. I would recommend him as a knowledgeable and informative attorney.
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Posted by Phil | December 19, 2014
Smart, thoughtful, and got results
Michael is a terrific attorney who helped me negotiate a peaceful end to a dispute with a (now) former business partner. I was afraid that the benefits of hiring an attorney to help me part ways with my business partner would be outweighed by the cost and time involved - but Michael listened to these concerns and was willing to agree to fee arrangement that incented both of us to resolve things quickly and efficiently. Today my business is running better than ever and I still have money in the bank to invest in expanding it.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
Michael supported me through the entire process of drafting new legal documents. He answered my concerns with promptness and knowledge.
Posted by Chip | June 30, 2014
Excellent job
Michael is very knowledgeable, professional, patient and friendly. He was a pleasure to work with for my will and estate needs.
Posted by Mohamed | June 11, 2014
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Michael is dynamic, energetic, knowledgable and focused. I have tried other lawyer in the past which created a complications in my case, but Michael within short period was able to turn the tides to my favor, where it should be. I don't regret my previous lawyer bad experience as it made me see how good Michael is.
Posted by Cheryl | June 11, 2014
A very good lawyer!
Michael Peacock was wonderful in helping me with probating my mother's will. He gave me all the tools, direction and guidance necessary to effectively see the process through to completion in an expeditious manner. He was kind, compassionate and knowledgable and most importantly for me, he was patient when I had many questions or needed help in how to proceed with a task. I enjoyed working with him so much so that my husband and I have secured his talents again to help us with our estate planning needs.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Ney Hoffecker Peacock & Hayle
  • 2015 - Present
  • Manager / Member
  • Michael Ryan Peacock, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fellow
  • Vermont Law School
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Volunteer
  • Athens Land Trust
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Of Counsel
  • Ney Hoffecker & Erck
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Volunteer
  • UGArden
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Schklar Ney & Heim
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Chitwood Harley Harnes
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Schklar Wright & Henderson
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Department Of Health & Human Services
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Air Force Jag
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Researcher
  • Emory University School Of Law
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Intern
  • Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Miles & Partners
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • University of Georgia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Molly Maid of West Atlanta, et al. v. The Tax Manager, Inc., et al.
  • I obtained a judgment on behalf of my clients in an amount in excess of $300,000 ($250,000 of which consisted of punitive damages).
  • Sergio Zyman v. Timothy R. Pearson, Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia
  • In June 2011, the Court granted my client, Sergio Zyman, summary judgment on virtually every claim and issue in the litigation.
  • GE Capital Equity Invs., Inc., et al. v. Alston & Bird LLP, et al., Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia
  • The case settled for an undisclosed amount in 2011.
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  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Advanced Legal Research
  • Emory University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Legal Profession
  • Emory University School of Law
  • 2002
  • James T. Colson Scholarship
  • Emory University School of Law
  • 2002
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Legal Methods
  • Emory University School of Law
  • 2001
  • National Merit Scholarship Finalist
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Probate:Everything You Need to Know - A 2 Day Practical Course
  • Probate
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is reasoned, articulate, thorough, and engaging. I thoroughly trust is advocacy skills and character. I would trust him to handle my own personal legal matters."
Probate Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a truly brilliant attorney. He has an extensive background in drafting complex legal documents and can readily identify and develop the most valuable and effective strategies for tackling any number of legal concerns. He is trustworthy and experienced and is extremely well regarded throughout the legal community. I strongly endorse Michael."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a great lawyer, a great legal writer, and a nice guy."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent attorney whose work is extremely thorough."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is very thorough and has a great work ethic."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent lawyer whom I have known for years and I highly recommend and endorse him."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent lawyer with great attention to detail."
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Securities and investment fraud
Wills and living wills
Criminal defense