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Law Firm Committed to Providing Clients with Excellent Legal Counsel

General civil practice law firm represents corporations, businesses, insurance companies & individuals

Magruder & Sumner was founded in 1994 by attorneys Dudley B. Magruder, Jr., J. Clinton Sumner, Jr. and Karl M. Kothe after they worked together at a civil litigation practice for more than thirty years. The firm represents clients in northwest Georgia’s state and federal courts, primarily in the areas of general litigation and insurance defense.

The firm is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of legal representation and places an emphasis on building and sustaining strong relationships with their clients. In testimony to their outstanding legal practice and their integrity, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for professionalism and ethics.

In addition to the firm’s insurance and business practice, Magruder & Sumner also provides legal services for its clients in a variety of matters including:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Construction law
  • Corporation
  • Creditors rights and commercial law
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance defense
  • General civil practice in all state and federal courts
  • Labor relations
  • Probate
  • Real estate and domestic relations trials
  • Workers compensation

An accomplished and experienced team of Georgia lawyers

Assembling a winning team is critical in just about every arena – from sports to business. But it’s particularly important in law. Choosing a law firm can be a challenge. Large firms often assign junior lawyers to matters, and small firms, which give clients personal attention, do not always have the skills that clients need. Magruder & Sumner offers the best of both small and large firms — the expertise and specialized skills of the firm’s team of lawyers, ample resources and individual attention. The result is sophisticated, big firm legal work that is provided with a responsive, cost-effective and client-focused approach that only a boutique firm can deliver.

The firm has worked hard to earn a reputation for aggressive, insightful and effective representation. But, just as importantly, they recognize that their success has been built on their clients’ trust and confidence in their advice and the solid relationships they have with them.

Magruder & Sumner is dedicated to smoothly and efficiently solving your legal problems. They pay attention to your needs, keep you informed about your case and clearly answer all your questions.

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General Litigation

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure were adopted in 1946. They govern the practice and procedure in all criminal proceedings in the federal court system. The goal of the rules is to assure the just determination of all criminal proceedings. The rules specify that they are to be interpreted to afford simplicity in procedure and fairness in administration. The rules are intended to prevent unnecessary delay and expense. More…

Overview of Administrative Law

Administrative law is the body of law that is created by the rules, regulations, and decisions of federal, state, and municipal administrative agencies. More…

Judicial Conflicts of Interest

Our legal system requires a fair and independent judiciary. In order to maintain public trust in our system of justice, judges must conduct themselves in an ethical manner. There are codes of conduct, which set standards of behavior for state and federal judges. These standards are aimed at assuring the impartiality of judges and reducing the possibility of conflicts of interest. More…

The Supreme Court of the United States

The United States Constitution provides that the judicial power of the United States is vested in one Supreme Court and any lower courts established by the United States Congress. The Supreme Court was organized on February 2, 1790. More…

Indian Tribal Courts

Congress has plenary or complete authority over Indian affairs. This means that Congress has unlimited discretion to regulate affairs on an Indian reservation. Under federal law, Indian nations are quasi-sovereign; that is, they have power in some areas but not in others. For example, Indian nations can operate tribal governments and manage their own property and resources. However, they cannot conduct foreign relations or prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes on reservations. Indian nations have adopted tribal codes, which usually combine traditional law with state law and federal law. More…

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Experienced Georgia Estates Attorney Guides You Through Probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Magruder & Sumner ease the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Magruder & Sumner can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate Georgia county probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate
  • Valuing and managing the estate

    Magruder & Sumner assists executors with the arduous tasks of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. Magruder & Sumner has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

    Probate disputes

    Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. Magruder & Sumner’s professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial family relationships, Magruder & Sumner is adept at mediating disputes. That said, the they assertively defend the client’s beneficiary rights within the Georgia probate court when doing so is necessary.