January 2021 Newsletter
Almost everyone agrees that 2020 has been the worst year Americans have dealt with in decades. Yet we also tested our mettle and found ourselves stronger and wiser in many ways. Although the virus is still with us, we look forward with hope to a new year that will bring the defeat of Covid and a new start in so many areas of our lives that we once took for granted.
Our Attorney Spotlight this month features the three 2020 Georgia Trend Legal Elites. Considering the firm’s past track record, it was no surprise to learn that three of our attorneys were named 2020 Georgia Legal Elites. Find out what it takes to be a Legal Elite and who among the team was recognized.
The December holidays brought us community volunteer opportunities in keeping with the spirit of the season. Read about why one of our SM&P team has been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army’s “red kettle” for 23 years.
The firm has continued to look for ways to assist, honor, or remember veterans throughout the year. Again this year, the team participated in Wreaths Across America. The annual wreath laying may have been postponed for 2020 but joining other local organizations and still keeping our distances, SM&P staff witnessed a small program honoring those who served at the Marietta National Cemetery.
To better understand how pre- and postnuptial agreements interface with family law issues, check out “Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements.”
The SM&P offices will be open January 18 on MLK Day. We wish all of our clients and friends a Happy New Year!
For the past 18 years, Georgia Trend magazine has asked the state’s attorneys to decide who among them are the best in their fields and therefore qualified to be named Georgia Legal Elites. Statewide, only one in 20 attorneys earns this distinction. This year, Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor’s Randy Sabatini, Melanie Prehodka, and Anne Thompson De Magan̴̴a were chosen by their colleagues to be recognized as three of the state’s finest, members of the 2020 Georgia Legal Elite.
SM&P is known for giving back to the local community throughout the year and during each holiday season. Victoria Turney, client relations manager, donated her time to ring the bell in support of the Salvation Army’s “red kettle” and Cobb County families. Victoria is no novice at bell ringing. She has been bringing Christmas cheer through her dedication to the iconic bell for 23 years.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America (WAA) Day, the mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach” is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 locations in every U.S. state, at sea, and abroad to remember military members who served our country, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Many people have misconceptions about what a prenuptial agreement (sometimes called prenup) is for. Most often, prenuptial agreements are meant to protect the interests of existing children or partners in family businesses.