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Robert W. Hughes Jr.

Robert W. Hughes Jr.

Robert W. Hughes & Associates, P.C.
  • Probate, Elder Law, Business Law...
  • Georgia
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Summary

I have been in practice since 1992. My practice primarily focuses on business and probate litigation. I have handled numerous 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. Prior to practicing law, I owned a large printing, publishing company that I sold. My team consists of three lawyers, a Sr. Paralegal, a paralegal and an office manager who all have worked with me for many years. We are technologically savvy and communicate with our clients via email where possible. Through the other attorneys in my office, we handle domestic matters as well as other civil litigation.

Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Estate Planning
  • Consumer Law
  • Divorce
Additional Practice Area
  • Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We offer some free consultations depending on the matter about which you seek our help. Usually, free consultations are reserved for matters that could be handled on a contingency fee basis. This could be will challenges, personal injury, and some credit card collection cases. It does not include domestic work or estate planning. Please check with my administrative staff to see if your matter is one that qualifies for a free consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    We accept some probate litigation, wrongful death personal injury matters on a contingency basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge $340 per hour. Others in my firm charge as little as $175 per hour. We require a retainer agreement before we undertake any work.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
Languages
  • English
  • German: 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 / Law
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Florida State University College of Law
B.S / Hotel and Restaurant Administration
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Honors: graduated cum laude
Darton College
A.A / Business Administration
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Honors: Graduated cum laude
Awards
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Atlanta Legal Aid Foundation- Gwinnett Chapter
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Atlanta Legal Aid Foundation- Gwinnett Chapeter
Professional Associations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
- Current
Activities: This is an association devoted to improving the legal help offered to the elderly. You can access the website at www.NAELA.org.
Supreme Court of the United States
Admitted for Practice
- Current
Georgia Trail Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Activities: GTLA is an association of lawyers dedicated to preserving citizens rights in the courts and is comprised mostly of plaintiff's lawyers.
Gwinnett County Bar Association-Probate Section
Member
- Current
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.
Supreme Court of Georgia
Admited for Practice
- Current
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Admitted for Practice
- Current
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
State Bar of Georgia
Member
- Current
Gwinnett Pro Bono Association
pro bono efforts
- Current
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.
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
volunteer
- Current
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.
Gwinnett Bar Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
How to Use a Petition For Year's Support
Robert Hughes
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

Q. My sisters and I get equal shares of monies from my mother's estate. If I disclaim my share, will my sisters receive it?
A: If you disclaim your share, it will go to your children, not your sisters. Also, a disclaimer can be viewed as an attempt to avoid a debt. You should consult with an attorney prior to signing a disclaimer.
Q. Why in the state of GA if one heir is missing the other heir doesn't get the money? This is driving me crazy
A: This is not the law. In cases where an heir can't be located, her money is held until she shows up. Your money should be distributed to you.
Q. Is there an online resource to search for local/state cases/dockets that were close due to being settled out of court?
A: If you are looking for something that allows you to search only for matters closed because they were settled out of court, I am not aware of any such list. Each clerk of court has some online access to cases that have been filed in each county. You might be able to search those for cases dismissed, but even that will not tell you why the case was dismissed.
Q. got to file against a probate on my mothers will tomorrow....how hard and any advise appreciated
A: You first must make sure you timely file a response. You truly need a lawyer to help with the case. Will contests are among the hardest cases to win.
Q. Is a POA that was signed and notarized in 2000 but no withness signature valid for a real estate transaction now?
A: It was valid then nor is it valid now for the transfer of real estate. That requires a witness and a notary.
Q. How can my mother keep her home from having to go through probate after her death?She has put her heirs on the deed.
A: Yiiu need to make sure that you are not only added on the deed, but that the deed also is a joint tenants with right of survivorship deed. Otherwise, your mother's interest in the house continues after her death. A tenant has all rights afforded her under Georgia's landlord tenant laws. None of those rights involve ownership. A written lease is advisable to insure no issues with the rental.
Q. Father died and his wife is a grantee on the house deed
A: I assume your father lived in GA as well? If so, the deed you described is a tenants in common deed. Your father and his wife each own 1/2 of the house. You need to make sure his estate is administered so the 1/2 house he owns can be sold. Because your step mom lives in the house, I assume, she is the likely buyer of the 1/2 she does not own. Under GA law, if your father died without a will, the wife will get no less than 1/3 of his estate and maybe even 1/2 of the estate. That means that she will get 1/3 of your Dad's 1/2 If the house meaning she gets 1/ 6 more of the house giving her at least 2/3 ownership of the house. Landlord tenant governs who can live in the house.
Q. Who has rights to a deed as a guarantee but it doesn't say, "WITH RIGHTS OF SURVIVORSHIP"
A: I have never heard of a guarantee on a house deed. I might believe that the wife guaranteed the debt on the house. If the need says that your father is the GRANTEE, then he is the only owner. If the wife is also listed as a GRANTEE along with yoru father, but no words of survivorship exist, then she is likely a tenant in common and owns 1/2 of the house while your father's estaet now owns the other half of the house.
Q. I am single and ready to hire a lawyer to write my Last Will & Testament, which includes leaving my assets to 4 minors.
A: When you create your will, you should include a Trust for Minors as part of the will. It will name the trustees. The actual trust will not be established until the trustees determine that the conditions to establish the trust are met. They will then set up a trust account at a bank or brokerage account for the beneficiaries.
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We are inside a BB&T Building with other offices
390 West Crogan Street
Suite 230
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
USA
Telephone: (770) 469-8887
Fax: (678) 680-6095