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Bradley Ryan Coppedge

Estate planning Attorney at Columbus, GA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Brad Coppedge


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Learn Bradley’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    45%
    "Estate Planning" includes Wills, Trusts, charitable planning, income and estate tax planning, powers of attorney and many other areas. Estate planning is slightly over 1/2 of my practice area in total when the categories of Trusts and Wills&Living Wills are considered.

    27 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    20%
    advice, consultation as to best business structure, and formation of entities for clients, to include s-Corporations, c-corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), partnerships.

    27 years

  3. Probate
    15%
    representation in petitions forprobate of Wills and administration of estates; probate court filings; Letters Testamentary; Letters of Administration; Petition for Year's Support

    27 years

  4. Guardianship
    5%
    guardianships and conservatorships for adults, minors and special needs individuals

    27 years

  5. Tax
    5%

    27 years

  6. Trusts
    5%
    Irrevocable Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Children's Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, Charitable Lead or Charitable Remainder Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Marital/QTIP Trusts, Generation Skipping Trusts, Grantor Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts.....to name just a few!

    27 years

  7. Wills and living wills
    5%
    "Wills" is really a component of the estate planning category. My estate planning practice comprises approximately 50% of my practice areas. I have "Wills" as 5% only because AVVO has it as an area separate from "estate planning". Really, "Wills" is the most central and basic part of "Estate Planning".

    27 years

Brad Coppedge was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Mercer University in 1993, his J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1996, and his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997. Before joining Goggans, Stutzman, Hudson, Wilson & Mize, LLP in 2022, Mr. Coppedge was a shareholder/partner for six years at Hall Booth Smith, P.C., and prior to that practiced at Hatcher, Stubbs, Land Hollis and Rothschild, LLP for 18 years, becoming a partner in 2002. He joined Hall Booth Smith in 2016. He has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1996 and the Alabama Bar since 1998. Mr. Coppedge is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and the Atlanta Estate Planning Councili.

A significant portion of Mr. Coppedge's practice is dedicated to estate planning and estate administration. As part of his estate planning practice, Mr. Coppedge provides estate and tax planning advice for individuals, including the preparation of Wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, life insurance trusts, family partnerships, gifting and transfer documents and various charitable planning techniques, such as charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts. In connection with his representation of estate planning clients, Mr. Coppedge regularly drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Coppedge also represents both individual and corporate trustees in fiduciary matters including changes in trustees, trust terminations and similar matters.

Mr. Coppedge also works with clients in the creation of Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), both for self-settled and third party donor created trusts, in Medicaid planning and in planning for beneficiaries with disabilities.

Mr. Coppedge maintains an active probate and estate administration practice, which includes the representation of clients in the probate of Wills, administration of Estates, and Year's Support proceedings. Further, Mr. Coppedge works with families and individuals in need of a guardian of the person or conservator of the property, for adults, minors, and individuals with disabilities or special needs.

With his educational background and LL.M. in Taxation, Mr. Coppedge regularly works with clients in the areas of entity selection/formation/operation, Mr. Coppedge represents a significant number of small businesses, helps clients create new start-up business (LLCs, c-corporations, s-corporations and partnerships) and also represents a number of physician groups. He advises these clients on the best form of entity from a tax, liability, and operational standpoint, entity formation or incorporation, and continued representation on matters such as employment agreements, buy-sell agreements, contracts, leases, retirement plans and other matters related to the operation of a business. This representation regularly includes representing buyers and sellers of a business in connection with an asset purchase agreement or stock purchase agreement, and other corporate transactions.

Mr. Coppedge also  regularly represents both entity and individual clients in controversies with the IRS and the State Department of Revenue including resolution procedures such as offers in compromise, innocent spouse filings and instalment agreements. Frequently, these matters involve payroll and sales tax liabilities assessed by the State Department of Revenue or Internal Revenue Service, both as against the employer and against an alleged responsible person of the employer such an owner or officer.

Additionally, Mr. Coppedge also has a niche practice committed to helping clients with NFA Gun Trusts, also referred to as a Class 3 Trust or a Firearms Trust, which are utilized to legally purchase and own, and facilitate the subsequent transfer of, Title II Firearms, such as suppressors and SBRs sold by Class 3 dealers.

Mr. Coppedge has written numerous articles in local, state and national publications and often speaks locally and regionally at events sponsored by private and public groups, on the topics of estate planning and choice of entity. Mr. Coppedge is AV rated by Martindale.

Licensed for 26 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/10/2022
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 02/03/2023

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

Contact Bradley

Goggans, Stutzman, Hudson, Wilson & Mize, LLP
5650 Whitesville Road
suite 206
Columbus, GA, 31904

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Alan | October 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trustworthy
My father started working with Brad back in 2010 and our family has been with him ever since. We trust him and we find confidence in his advice and counsel. In 2010, Brad worked closely with my father to create and structure estate documents to meet his needs. Brad's thoroughness helped my father and us through navigate the estate processes. We are extremely satisfied with Brad's guidance, services and professionalism (and compassion) over these last 10 years.
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Posted by Jordan | August 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Mr. Coppedge represented me in an Estate matter. I can’t express how helpful he was through out the process and how hard he worked to help resolve the extremely complicated estate. Great Attorney, great representation!!
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wills & Power of Attorney
Brad helped us with our last will, living will and power of attorney documents. He is very knowledgeable and was easy to work with. His explanations and suggestions were very helpful, he was very professional in his manner and his work gave us peace of mind. I have and will continue to recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by Matthew | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family & Business Excellence
Not only has Brad handled all of our Estate, Trust, and family planning - he has been our corporate business lawyer for several years. From sales & acquisitions, corporate structure, to taxation planning - his expertise is highly valued by our team. Rest assured you are in good hands. Highly Recommended!!
Posted by MAX | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Corporate work leading into Estate work very satisfying results
Bradley was recommended by a local attorney who is well known and trusted here in Columbus I was told he would have the experience, knowledge, and personally to handle my personal and business issues. Bradley met with me, we discussed the issues concerning our buy/sell agreement and the insurance policies to fund this agreement. I was impressed as to how knowledgeable he was, and how well he handled himself. i left all the documents concerning the issues and we agreed to another meeting. At that meeting he had found a flaw in the verbiage in our buy/sell agreement. The opposing attorney was using this verbiage in an attempt to collect in excess of 400,00.00 dollars, After Bradley was retained, he moved forward with the plan he had proposed. He was able to draft letters in our behalf and argue his points with a stern and well defined personality. He is a good person and a champion in his profession our company and family will be forever grateful. He is and will forever be a leader in our community.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult Guardianship / Conservatorship
Brad represented my siblings and I when it became necessary to appoint a guardian and conservator for an aging parent with diminished capacity to make decisions in their best interest. Brad was very knowledgeable of the legal process and explained each step in terms we could understand. He was professional and very responsive to our questions while also being supportive and compassionate during this emotionally difficult process.
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Posted by Thomas | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Wealth of Knowledge
I have used Brad to assist both my clients and myself numerous times over the last five years. While his staff has always been timely and professional, the main reason I continue to use Brad is the knowledge and perspective that he brings to each situation. Instead of producing generalized documents, Brad actually takes the time to obtain a clearer picture of what all parties are truly trying to accomplish, in both the short and long term. Based on what he hears, he has always come back with several relevant issues or potential scenarios that we did not know to even think about. Quite often the solutions to these issues are outside his field of practice and addressing them benefit him in no way other than ensuring he does the best job he can for each of his clients. In a complex profession where even the simplest of errors can literally cost a family their fortune, having someone like Brad is invaluable. Brad and his staff are very competent and qualified in their respective fields, but just as important, they are very good people.
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Posted by George | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wills and Estate Planning
I had known Brad for many years as a friend. My life took a real turn several years ago with the loss of my wife and my own life threatening illness. My friend became my attorney and helped me set up a will, power of attorney, and a living will. He was very helpful with his suggestions, very professional in his manner and his work gave me peace of mind. I would recommend him to anyone that wants things done right in a courteous and friendly manner.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tax Matter - Audit
Brad was wonderful to work with from start to finish. I was very confused and uncertain as to how everything should be handled. He explained things clearly and set my mind at ease. He is very extremely knowledgeable, personable as well as responsive. Again, he was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Tim Dunnigan | April 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Insightful, Innovative, Professional
I have hired Brad repeatedly over the past 20 years through a variety of topics and issues. He is always insightful and provides solid advice and clear paths to resolution. Brad's experience is expressed in his innovative ideas where simple answers or solutions are not available. All of Brad's exceptional work is shrouded in professionalism and values that make him unique at his craft. Brad Coppedge is a first class attorney that I highly recommend.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, LLP
  • 2002 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, LLP
  • 1997 - 2001

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1997
  • Mercer University-W. George L.S.
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Mercer University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1993

Associations

  • Georgia Federal Tax Conference
  • Trustee
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • admitted to practice before Court
  • 2004 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Columubus Ga Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair-small business committee
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Uptown Columbus, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Member
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Five Star Wealth Manager award
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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Publications

  • self published (reference book)
  • Estate Planning & Probate Overview: Just the Basics Please!
  • 2015
  • The Practical Lawyer
  • Circular 230: Why, What, When and How?
  • 2006
  • Georgia Bar Journal
  • LLP or LLLP? Creating Limited Liability For a General Partnershpi
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • SHRM, Columbus GA chapter, monthly membership meeting
  • Mid-Year Business, Benefits, Tax & Legislative Update
  • 2019
  • Basic Fiduciary Law 201, (March 22 2019, Atlanta)
  • Choice of Entity in Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Midtown Medical Center (Columbus, GA) Employee Lunch & Learn
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Basic Fiduciary Law 201 (November 2017, Macon)
  • Choice of Entity in Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Basic Fiduciary Law 201 (March 2017, Atlanta)
  • Choice of Entity in Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Midtown Medical Center Retirement Readiness Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Annual Estate Planning Conference
  • Choice of Entity in Business and Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Real property Law Institute
  • Choice of Entity
  • 2007
  • 51st Annual Estate Planning Institute
  • Choice of Entity in Estate and Business Planning
  • 2006
  • Asset Protection in Georgia
  • S Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited liability Companies
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Bradley
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is an honor and privilege to endorse Brad. He is diligent and committed to serving his clients to achieve excellence. I am proud to be his partner."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brad is very professional, knowledgeable and thorough."
Probate Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Brad Coppedge. He is honest and trustworthy. Brad is well versed in all matters of probate including wills, trusts, and estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Brad on many different matters in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax. I have found his work to be exemplary in all areas. He is a pleasure to work with as he is very knowledgeable and responsive. Handles matters quickly and effectively. The greatest endorsement that I can give Brad is not only all of my referrals, but he has handled the estate planning for my own family."
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