November 2022 Newsletter

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As usual, October proved to be one of our most beautiful months. Fortunately, Mother Nature saved a few bright colors to usher in November. And after such a muggy summer, few are complaining about the cooler days. Goodbye Georgia bugs, hello Ellijay apple cider and bonfires!

November is Adoption Month. To celebrate, the Gainesville office is sponsoring an adoption event on November 16 in Hall County. Click here to learn more and attend.

Discover more about adopting in Georgia by checking out the blog authored by our well-known and experienced adoption attorney, Judy D. Sartain. Judy, who works out of our Gainesville office, is also featured in this month’s Attorney Spotlight. Find out what she can offer clients hoping to adopt in Georgia and read her blog. Please note that we have recently moved to 539 Green Street in Gainesville.

We are continuing to grow and are proud to announce the opening of our Savannah office at 2 East Bryan Street, Office 425. Reach out to attorney Belinda Martin and her team for your legal needs in Savannah and its surrounding counties.

The firm was honored to participate in the unveiling of a portrait of G. Grant Brantley, a Cobb Superior Court Senior Judge. See who attended and learn why the judge is worthy of such an honor.

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy the photos of staff wearing purple and pink (respectively) to recognize these important issues.

We at the firm want to remind everyone to remember basic safety practices and to keep in mind all that our first responders do for us throughout the year. Learn about local efforts to thank them through October’s Public Safety Appreciation Week.

The firm welcomed a new member of the SM&P family, a boy born to SM&P attorney Carly Shore and husband Kyle Swafford. Welcome Baby Harrison!

The SM&P offices will be closed November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Please join us as we keep our hearts with our veterans, both associated with the firm and those we have never met.

We wish all our clients and friends a warm and meaningful Thanksgiving this year. To celebrate our blessings, our offices will close on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.




Community News



National Adoption Month 2022

UNICEF estimates that 163 million children worldwide need an adoptive home. There are approximately 407,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive home. And in Georgia, there are 11,438 children available for adoption.

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Judge Brantley Portrait Unveiling

SM&P was honored to take part in the recent portrait unveiling featuring Cobb Superior Court senior judge, G. Grant Brantley. Brantley continues a long and distinguished legal career.

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SM&P is in the Pink — and Purple!

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we encouraged people to wear purple in support. But we also supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so pink, too, was modeled in our offices around town.

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Public Safety Appreciation

In recognition of last month’s Cobb County’s Public Safety Appreciation Week, SM&P staff were honored to meet with Marietta fire and police personnel. They came bearing boxes of grab-and-go snacks for some of their favorite law enforcement officers and firefighters.

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Featured Attorney



Judy Sartain

Judy joined SM&P in the summer of 2019, bringing with her 24 years of experience in family law. She possesses a keen ability to cut to the chase regarding issues pertaining to contested divorce and divorce mediations and settlements, modifications, legitimation, and custody disputes.

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Recent 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.