Janelle Johnson

Janelle Johnson

Serving DC & Metro Atlanta in Landlord Rights, Estate Planning & Probate Matters
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • District of Columbia, Georgia
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Janelle D. Johnson is an attorney, mother, wife, and active community member. Her passion for advocacy and service to the community is what lead her to the field of law.

In 2006, Janelle began her legal career and has amassed experience in various practice areas including, but not limited to, real estate, landlord-tenant, business and compliance, estate planning, and elder law.

It was her own personal experience with a close, cherished family member that highlighted the crucial role a competent attorney plays in helping clients to navigate this often complicated and confusing landscape of estate planning and elder law, and why it is now her main practice area.

Janelle is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Georgia.

When Janelle is not serving her clients and the community, she is spending time with her husband, two children and Schnauzer.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation
    Landlord Tenant
    Landlord Rights
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Mortgages, Residential Real Estate
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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State Bar of Georgia
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar  # 1045602
Active Member
- Current
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State Bar of Georgia  # 153150
Active Member
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Municipal Annexation in North Carolina: The Pros, The Cons, and The Judiciary
N.C. Cent. Law Journal
Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management
Georgetown University
Executive Coach
New York University
Basic Mediation Training
New York State Dispute Resolution Association
Websites & Blogs
Law Office of Janelle D. Johnson
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered
Q. My father died in 2009 a Will suddenly filed in Georgia probat court Aug. 8 2022. We are not sure if the will is legal.
A: If you're questioning the validity of the will, it sounds like you're interested in contesting the will. The statute of limitations to contest will depend on the type of probate brought by the executor or interested person. If it's common form probate, then an heir has up to 4 years to contest the will, except minor heirs who require proof in solemn form and interpose a caveat within 4 years after reaching the age of majority. If it's solemn form probate, meaning the heirs/interested persons were provided with notice, an heir/interested person only has 10 days to file an objection after being served with the petition to probate the will; however, if they were required to be served and weren't, then the 4 years applies as if under common form probate. It's best for you to seek legal advice regarding the will as soon as possible, as time is of the essence.
Q. In the state of Georgia is there a statue of limitation for a will to be File in probate court
A: Under GA Code 53-5-3, a will shall not be offered for probate following the expiration of five years from the latest date on which a petition is filed for: (1) The appointment of a personal representative of the decedent's estate; or (2) An order that no administration is necessary on the decedent's estate; provided, however, that the will of a testator who died prior to January 1, 1998, may be offered for probate at least until December 31, 2002.
Q. Have one inheritance question from the Will of a GA deceased who left monies to an individual who predeceased her.
A: The will, as long as it's valid, is what controls in this situation. You have to the look to the intent of the testator and what is to happen to the remainder shares when a beneficiary is no longer available to receive under the will.
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Law Office of Janelle D. Johnson
1629 K Street NW
Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 792-7797
Fax: (888) 908-3224
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Law Office of Janelle D. Johnson
3355 Lennox Rd NE
Ste. 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Toll-Free: (888) 908-3558
Fax: (888) 908-3224
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)