November 2021 Newsletter














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Congrats to the Atlanta Braves for winning the 2021 World Series!

October brought us cheerful color and much appreciated — for many — cool, autumn weather. Good-bye bugs, hello apple cider and bonfires! Kids of all ages were seen out enjoying Halloween and other fall festivities this year.

Although most courts will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day, SM&P will be here to support your legal needs from 8:30-5:00 p.m. at the Marietta office. Despite remaining open for Veterans Day, our hearts will still be with veterans, both associated with the firm and those we have never met. Join us in saluting veterans who are part of our work family as well as veterans nationwide.

November is also Adoption Month. Learn more about adopting in Georgia by checking out the blog authored by our well-known and experienced adoption attorney, Judy Sartain.

Due to Covid last year, the community missed the ‘Ques and Brews festivities in support of LiveSafe’s domestic violence prevention programs. We made up for it this year by socializing and raising funds with even more enthusiasm. Take a peek!

This month’s Attorney Spotlight features Alycia Vail. Find out what she can offer clients involved in family law cases.

A special congratulations to our senior attorney Judy Sartain’s daughter, Catherine, for passing the bar. Like her mother, she will practice, and no doubt excel in, family law.

Our offices will close for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

We wish all our clients and friends a warm and meaningful Thanksgiving this year. After two hard years of pandemic loss and hardship, most of us don’t take anything for granted and are especially grateful for all that we still have this holiday season.

Community News

Saluting Our Veterans

Although SM&P honors and remembers veterans year-round, we are celebrating Veterans Day with a special call-out to those associated with our firm who are either employees or family of employees. Read the article below to find out which of our staff members and their loved ones have served in the military.

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National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! Our own well-experienced adoption attorney, Judy Sartain, wrote an article about adoption in Georgia as well as her own experiences with adoption. Read more below!

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‘Que & Brew Tailgate Party Benefiting LiveSafe

It’s football season! ‘Que & Brew attendees kicked it off with a day of food, team spirit, and fun during the ultimate tailgate party at Taylor-Brawner Hall in Smyrna, October 23. Victoria Turney, SM&P’s client relations director, said, “It was a wonderful success, probably because the party had something for everyone.”

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Featured Attorney

Alycia Vail

Alycia, a native of southeast Georgia, has been employed in family law in some capacity since high school. She started out as a legal assistant and worked her way up to attorney. During those years, she was motivated and confident enough to take advantage of every opportunity to learn as much as she could about the law and what clients need and expect from counsel.

Adoption Blog Content

Post-Adoption Services in Georgia

If you are considering adoption and wondering what happens once the placement process is complete, Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services offers some post-adoption support services designed to help adoptive parents settle into their new life while enhancing the adoption experience.

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