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Patrick C. Smith Jr.

Elder law Attorney at Augusta, GA

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2002
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Patrick

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Our firm focuses on the many different areas of elder law. We solve and help you navigate the complex issues families face when a loved one needs long term care or they need to plan for a disabled family member. Medicaid planning properly performed can protect assets from the costs of long term care, provide assets to help pay for care in order to enhance the quality of life of the person who can no longer take care of themselves. Numerous planning options exist.

    20 years

  2. Estate planning
    Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.

    20 years

  3. Guardianship

  4. Power of attorney

  5. Probate

  6. Trusts

  7. Wills and living wills

PATRICK C. SMITH, JR., Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, is the principal and founder of Think Different Legal Group, f/k/a/ The Smith Law Firm, P.C., with offices located in Augusta, Columbus, Conyers, Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. The Firm was founded to offer qualified estate planning and asset protection legal advice to families in many areas, but primarily for families facing an increasingly common dilemma: protecting their hard-earned assets from the costs associated with providing long term care for a loved one, while also achieving the highest level of care possible. Patrick focuses his practice solely in Elder Law, and provides sound, proven legal solutions to our clients' Medicaid, Veteran's Benefits, Asset Protection Planning and Special Needs planning needs.

Mr. Smith earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Emory University School of Law, where he was awarded the Atlanta Law School Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and also a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Georgia College & State University. Mr. Smith is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was an officer (secretary in 2010, President in 2011) in the Georgia Chapter of NAELA; the Academy of Special Needs Planners; the Academy of V.A. Pension Planners; Lawyers With Purpose; ElderCounsel; WealthCounsel; Elder Law Answers; Georgia Bar Association and is currently (2022) President of its Elder Law Section; American Bar Association; and the Augusta Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Georgia, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia.

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Think Different Legal Group
3549 Wheeler Road
Augusta, GA, 30909
Think Different Legal Group
327 Margie Drive
Suite A
Warner Robins, GA, 31088
Think Different Legal Group
2434 Wall Street S.E., Ste. B
Conyers, GA, 30013
Think Different Legal Group
487 Cherry Street
Third Floor
Macon, GA, 31201
Think Different Legal Group
1921 Whittlesey Road Ste 530
Columbus, GA, 31904
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Posted by Anita | April 8, 2018
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Asset Protection
Mr. Smith and his firm assisted our family with Medicaid approval when my parents needed long term care. They patiently answered all questions. He successfully protected my parents financial asssets. We are pleased with the results and highly recommend Mr. Smith.
Posted by Robert | April 4, 2018
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Estate Planning
Excellent service by Patrick and his team for our Estate Planning needs. This included Living Trust, Wills, Health Care Directives, etc.
Posted by Susan | September 8, 2014
Client review
I high recommend Patrick Smith. He is an knowledgeable and excellent attorney. Himself and office staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.
Posted by Ray Petted | August 27, 2016
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Stay away.
I paid a lot of money to have a will, durable power of attorney and trust. Could not understand what he did. After I paid him I called over 8 times in a year and a half and he refuses to answer my questions. Now I am concerned he did something wrong and I have to hire another lawyer to go over what he did. Not worth the time or money. Ask several retirement communities for reference.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner / Owner
  • The Smith Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Reserves
  • United States Air Force Reserves
  • 1998 - 2013
  • Officer / Active Duty
  • United States Air Force
  • 1993 - 1998
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  • Emory University
  • law
  • 2001
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • 1998
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
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  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
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  • Academy of V.A. Pension Planners
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lawyers with Purpose
  • Member
  • N/A
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Elder Law Answers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Member
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  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Elder Law Foundation
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (3)
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Elder law Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick Smith is an excellent elder law attorney. He is skilled, knowledgeable, down to earth, and caring. A true gentleman who understands the value of hard work, piece of mind, and attention to detail. I highly recommend Patrick Smith."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know of in the area of Medicaid planning. He is the one I call when I have a question."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick Smith is an excellent attorney with a command of both Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning. He is dedicated to helping his clients and their families protect their assets, plan for the future, and find creative ways to pay for long term care. I would recommend him without hesitation to members of my own family."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick was a fellow instructor at a recent national conference for advanced elder law attorneys. His session held the entire audience captive. He is clearly one of the brightest elder law attorneys in the country."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is extremely knowledgeable in the Elder Law area. He frequently serves as a lecturer at educational sessions for other lawyers. He works hard to get his clients the results they deserve."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I HIGHLY endorse this lawyer. Patrick is a former law partner of mine, with whom I worked for several years. He is an OUTSTANDING lawyer with the highest integrity and sense of service to his clients. He has quickly established himself as the leading ELDER law attorney in Augusta and throughout Southeast Georgia."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He taught a course in VA pension planning for ElderCounsel, a national orgainization of elder law attorneys and demonstrated his mastery of the subject matter and skill as an instructor. I was impressed by his legal knowledge, his ability to communicate, and his practical application of difficult concepts."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ive found Patrick to be a tireless and capable advocate for his elder law clients in the Augusta area."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Patrick zealously pursues the best ways to take care of his aging clients. He does an outstanding job of researching and presenting the law in administrative hearings and in Superior Court. I would hire him for my own family."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Patrick is one of those few Elder Law Attorney to whom I would trust my own family."
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