Robert W. Hughes Jr.

Robert W. Hughes Jr.

For all your probate needs throughout Georgia
  • Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning ...
  • Georgia
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Biography

I have been in practice since 1992. My practice primarily focuses on probate, guardianship and probate litigation. I have handled numerous hearings and jury trials throughout the State of Georgia from Savannah to Dalton. I have also handled appeals to the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court for my clients. My firm is a small firm specializing in superior service to our clients. My team consists of five lawyers, five paralegals, and an office manager who all have worked with me for many years. We are technologically savvy and communicate with our clients via email and ZOOM where possible.

Prior to practicing law, I owned a large printing and publishing company that I sold.

Practice Areas
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Insurance Claims
    Life Insurance
Additional Practice Area
  • Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    We accept some probate litigation, wrongful death and personal injury matters on a contingency basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge $450 per hour. Others in my firm charge less. We require a retainer agreement before we undertake any work.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
Robert W. Hughes & Associates, P.C.
- Current
Robert W. Hughes & Associates, P.C. was formed on Janaury 1, 2009 after I hired an associate to work with me. I have worked from the same location since 1992 in a variety of partnerships
Owner
Hughes & Associates, P.C.
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This was a professional corporation that ended in 2009.
Partner
Hughes & Kaplan
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This was a general partnership that was dissolved when Mr. Kaplan accepted a position with a larger firm.
Partner
Hughes, Kaplan & Gravante
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This was a general practice law firm that dissolved when Mr. Gravante accepted other employment.
Education
Georgia State University College of Law
J.D (1992) | Law
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Activities: President of the Student Bar Association 1992
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Florida State University
B.S (1977) | Hotel and Restaurant Administration with a Minor in Finance
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Activities: Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
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Darton College
A.A | Business Administration
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Honors: Graduated cum laude
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Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Atlanta Legal Aid Foundation- Gwinnett Chapter
10 Year Award
State Bar of Georgia
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Atlanta Legal Aid Foundation- Gwinnett Chapeter
Professional Associations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
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Activities: This is an association devoted to improving the legal help offered to the elderly. You can access the website at www.NAELA.org.
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Supreme Court of the United States
Admitted for Practice
- Current
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Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Member
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Activities: GTLA is an association of lawyers dedicated to preserving citizens rights in the courts and is comprised mostly of plaintiff's lawyers.
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Gwinnett County Bar Association-Probate Section
Member
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Activities: I am a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Gwinnett County Bar Association. We offer pro bono services once a quarter to persons seeking help through the Gwinnett County Probate Court.
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Supreme Court of Georgia
Admited for Practice
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Court of Appeals of Georgia
Admitted for Practice
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Georgia
Member
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Gwinnett Pro Bono Association
pro bono efforts
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Activities: I represent numerous people at the request of the Gwinnett Legal Aid Foundation. I have twice been named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year.
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Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
volunteer
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Activities: I donate some of my time each year to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to represent those who are in need of legal help.
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Gwinnett Bar Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
How to Use a Petition For Year's Support
Robert Hughes
Speaking Engagements
Avoiding Trouble at the Intersection of Personal Injury and Probate, Clayton County Bar Assocation Meeting, Clayton County Bar GA
Clayton County Bar Association
I was honored to present to the Clayton County Bar Association my paper on Avoiding Trouble at the Intersection of Personal Injury and Probate. A copy of my paper is available upon request.
Certifications
NAELA
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
Legal Answers
295 Questions Answered
Q. Can I ask the probate court to have someone return money that was stolen from estate?
A: The court cannot order someone to return the money. Even if everything you say is true and the thief admits it. The court can give the estate a judgment against the thief. That's all a judge can do.

If the thief was (is) the personal representative and under a bond, getting judgment is the first step in making a claim against the bond. If the thief is someone other than the personal representative, only the personal representative can sue the thief. If the personal representative refuses to take action, he can be removed by the court.
Q. How does a potential heir waive right to claim in Georgia
A: This is far more complicated than it seems. If the spouse has a wrongful death claim, and elects not to pursue it, the claim goes away. No one else can pursue it. If she wants to pursue the claim, but does not want the money, she has to first get it, and then give it away, which comes with gift tax ramifications. She should seek very experienced advisors on how to do this without incurring any tax ramifications.
Q. If no spouse, deceased only has pension, do all heirs share it or just the one in the will
A: It depends on the language in pension agreement. Some plans leave directly to heirs if no beneficiary is named. Others leave it to the estate if no beneficiary is named. You need to check with the pension provider to get you an answer.
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Contact & Map
We are inside the BB&T Building on the 2nd Floor.
390 West Crogan Street
Suite 230
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Telephone: (770) 469-8887
Fax: (678) 680-6095
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed