Tanner Woods Pittman

Tanner Woods Pittman

Probate - Estates - Litigation
  • Business Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning...
  • Georgia
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Tanner Pittman has practiced law serving both individuals and large organizational clients. Presently, his practice concentrates on estate services, civil litigation, and legal transactions. His varied background, ranging from retail banking to international business, to the legal field, helps Tanner bring a rich array of experience to bear upon his clients' legal issues.

Education and background
Tanner graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, a top-tier institution, recently ranked 12th in the nation among public law schools by U.S. News and World Report. His coursework concentrated on business law and included such subjects as corporations, corporate taxation, closely held organizations, and business negotiations.

Prior to law school, Tanner worked in management at Athens First Bank & Trust Co. in Georgia. He received an undergraduate degree magna cum laude in German and International Trade from Clemson University. During college, Tanner studied abroad in Trier, Germany and Lyon, France and worked at Credit Suisse Banking in Basel, Switzerland. He is fluent in German and Romanian and conversant in French.

Memberships and Offices
Tanner is a member of the Georgia State Bar and is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and all superior and lower Georgia courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the LaGrange Lions Club, and Covenant Presbyterian Church. He recently served as President of the Wellington Subdivision Property Owners’ Association, Inc.

Tanner was Executive Editor for the nationally distributed Journal of Intellectual Property Law in 2005 and 2006. He was the recipient of the Hughes Spalding full-tuition scholarship to attend law school at the University of Georgia, where he graduated cum laude. Tanner placed among the top 16 finalists of some 200 participants in the 2004 Russell Moot Court Competition at the University of Georgia School of Law. He is a proud husband and father of two and, like his family life, sees law practice as an extension of his Christian faith.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted.
  • Contingent Fees
    Will accept some matters on a contingent (i.e., percentage of recovery) basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $150-175 per hour for most matters. Flat fees available for common estate cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • French: Spoken
  • German: Spoken, Written
  • Romanian: Spoken
University of Georgia
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
LaGrange Chamber of Commerce
- Current
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State Bar Fiduciary Law Section
- Current
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LaGrange Lions Club
Vice President
- Current
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Georgia State Bar
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Articles & Publications
Seven "Myths" About Estate Planning
Providing For Handicapped Heirs In Your Will With a Special-Needs Trust
The Pitfalls of Insolvency and Gifting to Relatives when Estate Planning
Avoiding Year's Support Litigation in Georgia Using Living Trusts
Legal Answers
24 Questions Answered

Q. What are the two things ya'll must have to be admitted to the appeal
A: 1. A retainer from the client and 2. a judgment that is less than thirty days old.
Q. I did consultant and programming work in Georgia as a sub-contractor. I billed the Contractor.
A: Since your agreement is with the contractor, his customer's desires really are irrelevant (unless they were made part of the agreement). For a $350 matter, the legal avenue for you is magistrate court. The contractor can be sued in the county where he resides. The magistrate court clerk can help you fill out and file a statement of claim. Filing fees are just shy of $100, but if you win, you recover those. Nice thinking on the mechanic's lien. I'd have never thought of that!
Q. How do i obtain legal guardianship of my blood brother if he already has a temporary guardian.
A: The temporary guardianship would have to be removed or, by its terms, expire. There is no way for an individual to have two guardians (with the exception of parents or testamentary guardians). A temporary guardianship will only be removed for cause or if the guardian desires it. A "for cause" removal is not an easy time in court. Best wishes.
Q. What is Motion To Compel Answers To Post-Judgment Interrogatories
A: Post-judgment interrogatories come into play in a case when one party has already "lost." This losing party presumably owes money pursuant to the judgment to the winning party. Naturally, the winning party wants to collect on the judgment and so will frequently use the court's power to ask questions, called "interrogatories" of the losing party. These questions must be answered, or a legal sanction can be imposed upon the loser. A "motion to compel" the answers to post-judgment interrogatories implies that the moving party served the loser with interrogatories, which then weren't answered as required by law. The motion seeks to compel (meaning "require" or "force") the losing party to answer, under penalty of law if he/she does not.
Q. I am attempting to start a business within the city limits. What forms/fees do I need to be aware of? sole prop., 0 empl
A: Most municipalities in Georgia require a business permit. City Hall can give you the forms. In Columbus, for instance, there is a $50 processing fee for obtaining the permit. Other permits (such as that from the Health Department if you're a restaurant) are specific to your line of business.
Q. I live in GA filling out probate form JDF 910 from CO. ApplicationVerification ask for Notary Public giving only CO.
A: I'm going a little out of my bailiwick to answer what really is a Colorado question here, but my solution would be to strike the word "Colorado" and write "Georgia." Acts of notaries public in one state are generally given full faith and credit in others.
Q. I know a Cert of Order of Years Support relieves the Garantee of Property tax, any thing else?
A: In addition to having priority over property tax liens and assessments, year's support awards have priority over all other non-purchase-money debts. Robert Hughes posted a legal guide on the topic here: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/why-should-you-file-for-years-support My own firm's step-by-step year's support guide can be found here: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-petition-for-years-support-i...
Q. If my name is on the deed, but not the mortgage, what is my legal obligation?
A: If your name is not on the mortgage documents (including the promissory note), then a foreclosure would not affect your credit. It would, naturally, affect your ability to continue living in the house. Note that if the mortgage was taken out after you obtained your interest in the house, then your interest may not be foreclosed upon. Your spouse cannot mortgage more property than s/he owned.
Q. Can a convicted felon be a guardian for the elderly. Where is this stated in the georgia law.
A: I see no prohibition in the Georgia Code from a felon serving as a guardian. The Adams Law firm in Atlanta disagrees with me in part here: http://www.atlantaprobatelawyerblog.com/2011/06/georgia_guardianship_and...
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210 W. Broome St.
LaGrange, GA 30240
Telephone: (706) 884-3155
Fax: (706) 884-6977