January 2023 Newsletter

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The short and sometimes teeth-chattering cold days and long, pipe-bursting nights of December did not dampen the holiday spirit at SM&P. We continued working hard to solve the family law challenges for our clients while also spreading seasonal cheer whenever and wherever possible.

Our Attorney Spotlight this month features the director of our recently opened Savannah site, Belinda Martin. Learn what she can offer clients in need of an advocate to guide them through a perplexing legal system.

The December holidays brought us community volunteer opportunities in keeping with the spirit of the season. The firm decided to participate in Legal Aid’s Holiday Project. Find out more about how this project helps families around the area.

The firm is always on the lookout throughout the year for ways to assist, honor, or remember veterans. This year, the team participated in Wreaths Across America. SM&P staff joined other local organizations at the Marietta National Cemetery to honor service members laid to rest there with an evergreen garland. Read about the touching events of that day.

We wish all of our clients and friends a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and look forward to being back after the holidays to support those who rely on us. We will be closed on January 16 in observance of MLK Day.




Community News



SM&P Opens New Office in Savannah

After learning about family law client needs in Savannah, SM&P decided to open an office there. Leading the effort at the “Hostess City of the South” site is associate attorney Belinda Martin. The office, located at 2 East Bryan Street, is downtown in the heart of Savannah’s commercial and business center.

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Legal Aid Holiday Project

Every December, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society adopts local families who need help finding some Christmas joy. “Legal Aid serves a very important purpose in our communities all year,” said SM&Ps founding and managing partner, Mary Montgomery.

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Wreaths Across America Day 2022

Many groups and individuals gathered again this December to place wreaths on graves at the Marietta National Cemetery as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

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Featured Attorney



Belinda Martin

Belinda grew up in Texas, and after meeting her husband in Atlanta, eventually relocated and attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. On graduating, she founded Fowler and Martin with a law school colleague, which they operated for several years.

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