Jacquelyn H. Saylor

Jacquelyn H. Saylor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Saylor Law Firm LLP
 | 100 Colony Square, Suite 1450, 1175 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
Phone: 404-201-2180
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jackie is the 2014-2015 Past President of the Atlanta Bar Association and serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Estate Planning & Probate (EP & P) Section. Jackie practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate & Estate Administration as well as Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements and disputes which arise from them. Her firm, The Saylor Law Firm, also handles probate controversy and litigation; if possible, the firm tries to mediate any disputes. Jackie keeps abreast of changing Tax Law as it is becoming more important in Estate Planning. Furthermore, Jackie practices Business & Corporate Law.     

In June 2016, Jackie was awarded the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award by the Women in Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Previously she won the Georgia Women’s Institute Award in Business and Law and the State Bar of Georgia Chief Justice Benham Community Service Award. Jackie has been recognized by the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia; she has also received the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership in Birth Defects Prevention Award by the March of Dimes. The Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution commending Jackie’s “outstanding service as the Law Clerk to the Special Judiciary Committee…”

Jackie has been a guest lecturer at UGA, a lecturer on trusts and estates and business development for the State Bar of Georgia and a lecturer on trusts for planned giving professionals. She has been named to the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers list and received the Super Lawyer designation in Estate Planning & Probate from Super Lawyers and the Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite designation in Taxes, Estates & Trust Category. She is co-author and co-editor of Women & the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia which she worked on while serving on the Georgia Commission on Women, a state agency.

Twenty-one years ago, Jackie and Murray Saylor founded The Saylor Law Firm LLP which has seven attorneys and two offices (Midtown Atlanta and St. Simons Island, GA). The firm has been listed in The Best Law Firms and has won The Atlanta Bar Association Law Firm Service Award. Jackie graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in history and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.A. in History. She received her J.D. degree from Mercer Law School.

About Jacquelyn Saylor

Admitted: 1983, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.saylorlaw.com/AttorneyProfiles_JacquelynHarmonSay...

Honors and Awards:

  • The Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award is given each year to a woman who has made significant contributions in furthering the interests of women in the profession, Jackie received this award particularly since she is one of the founders of the WIP Section and is Past Chair of the WIP Committee and helped to initiate the award 16 years ago. She has also served in multiple leadership positions in the Atlanta Bar Association, including as President, blazing a trail for other women to follow and enlisting other women into serving the Atlanta Bar Association as a meaningful way to advance their careers. The award winner must also have assisted women in the metropolitan area. Jackie was appointed by two Lt. Governors to serve for over a decade on the state agency, the Georgia Commission on Women where she held conferences and programs, lobbied on behalf of women and children and co-authored and co-edited Women in the Law: A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Georgia, published by the Attorney General's office. The book has been used in rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. The award winner must also have significant professional achievements, which include founding The Saylor Law Firm LLP twenty-one years ago and having received numerous accolades and awards and recognitions by various rating agencies. The award winner must also be in good standing with the Atlanta Bar Association and State Bar of Georgia, which Jackie is. The above information is taken from the one of the nominating letters for Jackie Saylor, Women in Profession Section, Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Georgia Women's Institute Leadership in Business and Law Award, 2010
  • NAWBO Atlanta WE Advocate Award as a community professional, 2008
  • Recipient, Chief Justice Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia, 2004
  • Distinguished Volunteer Leadership in Birth Defects Prevention Awarded to Jackie Saylor by the March of Dimes, North Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, 1989
  • Georgia House of Representatives Resolution (HR no.869) commended Jacquelyn H. Saylor’s outstanding service as the Law Clerk to the Special Judiciary Committee during the 1986 regular session

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Bar Association Awards: Atlanta Bar Association, received Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award by the Women in the Profession Section, 2016. Atlanta Bar Association, The Saylor Law Firm received the Law Firm Service Award, 2008-2009. Association Membership and Leadership Roles: Atlanta Bar Association (Immediate Past President, 2015-2016; President, 2014-2015; Vice-President, President-Elect, 2013-2014; Executive Committee, 2006-2016; Board, 2004-2016; Treasurer, 2011-2012, 2006-2007; Editorial Board & Contributor, The Atlanta Lawyer, the official magazine of the Atlanta Bar, 2004-2016, Advisor, 2014-2016; Chair, Public Relations Committee, 2008-2012; Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee, 2005-2006; Atlanta Bar Foundation Lifetime Fellow and 2013-2014 Sustaining Fellow; The Saylor Law Firm, Multi-year member of the 100% Club; Multi-year Host, Law Jam; Sponsor, The Bard Show). Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section (Treasurer and Past Secretary, Estate Planning and Probate Section, 2015-2017; Board 2009-2017; Editorial Board, The Mortmain, the official newsletter of the Estate Planning & Probate Section 2004-2016). Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession Section (Chair, WIP Committee, 2000-2002; Treasurer, WIP Section Board, 2011-2012; Board, WIP Section, 2005-2008, 2010-2013; Member, Executive Board, It’s About Time: Part-time Policies and Practices in Atlanta Law Firms, 2004; Founder and Past Editor, WIPLash, the official WIP Newsletter). Atlanta Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section (Past Chair, 2003-2004 and all offices; Past Editor and Contributor, The Information Exchange, the official newsletter of the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section). State Bar of Georgia (Member: Business, Fiduciary Law Sections). American Bar Association (Attended American Bar Association Bar Presidents’ Conferences and other leadership conferences, 2013-2015). Additional Associations: Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL); Old War Horse Lawyers Club; Lawyers Club of Atlanta Fellow; Multi-year Sponsor of the Stonewall Bar Association; Past Member of GABWA; and Past Member of Gate City Bar Association.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Volunteer Lawyer Project for Cuban Detainees, 1985
  • Pro bono Volunteer, Probate Information Centers (PIC) of Fulton and DeKalb counties, 2007-2016
  • Vice Chair, 1995-1996, Member 1994-1996, Women's Advisory Council, Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Recognized by the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia: "Outstanding public service in providing legal representation to low income citizens of Georgia."
  • Law Week Wills Program

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, “Testamentary Special Needs Trusts,” The Mortmain, the Estate Planning & Probate Section newsletter, upcoming, 2017
  • Author, "Tech Talk: Windows 10 Update", The Atlanta Lawyer, Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Summary and explanation of Judge Wolk's presentation on the process of reviewing and revising Georgia probate forms to reflect changes in Georgia probate laws, Author, "Update on Georgia Probate Form Revisions; Judge Kelli Wolk", The Atlanta Bar Association, The Mortmain, 2016
  • Speaker, "Self-marketing and Firm-marketing", Presentation to Emory Law School Extern Class, 2016
  • The speech focused on persistence and determination along with a dose of optimism to get you through the hard times when persistence is not enough, Acceptance Speech for Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award, Women in the Profession Section, Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Speaker, "Appreciation and Peace Officers Memorial Service", Sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association and Atlanta Metropolitan Police, 2015
  • Speaker, "Networking 101", Presentation to Emory Law School Extern Class, 2015
  • Speaker, "Looking Back at 2014: The Risk of Engagement and Leadership", Atlanta Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Speaker, "Ethics and the 'Vulnerable' Client with Traumatic Brain Injury - Part 2: Financial Agreements for Lifelong Care", hosted by Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, December, 2015
  • The article traces the unexpected reasons why there is more work for estate planning attorneys even though many people do not need trusts for the same tax reasons they did in the past, Author and Issue Editor, "Why and How There is an Evolution of Estate Planning in the Future for Lawyers", The Mortmain, Spring, 2014
  • The article traces the expanding role of women and African Americans in the Atlanta Bar Association, Author, "A Look Back at Atlanta Bar Association Leaders: African Americans and Women in the Organization", The Atlanta Lawyer, 2014
  • Teacher, "Why Every Vote Matters", Therrell High School Law Day Program, 2014
  • Radio Appearance, "Atlanta Legal Experts Radio Show", 2014
  • Family lawyers gathered to learn about other areas of practice about which they needed to know; two trusts and estate attorneys, among others, spoke on estate planning and probate and how that affects family law clients, Lecturer, "What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know", State Bar of GA ICLE, 2013
  • The panelists, representing small and large firms, law schools and corporations, discussed a wide variety of work place options, such as telecommuting and part time work, Panelist, "Finding Your Work-Life Rhythm: A Discussion of Alternative Work Arrangements and Careers in this New Age", Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession Section, 2013
  • Effective Networking was the topic for the attorneys who gathered at the State Bar of Georgia, Speaker, "Effective Networking", Atlanta Bar Association Women In The Profession Section, 2012
  • The pitfalls for self made and internet wills were discussed, "Caution Required for Internet Wills and other Self Made Wills", Vitam, West Georgia Health Foundation Newsletter, Author, 2011
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning in an Era of Certain Uncertainty: The Tax Relief Act of 2010 and the Revised Georgia Trust Code of 2010", West Georgia Health Foundation Planned Giving Seminar, May, 2011
  • Panelist, "Award Winning NAWBO Women Business Owners", NAWBO, March, 2011
  • Author, "Tips for Probate Courts in Metropolitan Atlanta", The Mortmain, Spring, 2010
  • Issue Editor, The Mortmain, Spring, 2010
  • Author, "Does Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA Make Economical Sense?", The Mortmain, Winter, 2010
  • Issue Editor, The Mortmain, Summer, 2009
  • Author, "Probate Practice Pitfalls and Pointers Panel", The Mortmain, Winter, Author, 2009
  • "Estate Tax Reform, Middle Class Clients, Income Taxation of Estates & Trusts", The Mortmain, 2008
  • Author, "Ask Super Lawyers: How would an estate plan I make with a do-it-yourself kit hold up in Georgia?", Atlanta Magazine, March, 2008
  • "Recent Developments in Georgia Fiduciary Law," The Mortmain, 2006
  • Invited Participant in Roundtable Discussion, Women's Leadership Forum, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, with the Director and Regional Administrator of the Bureau of the Chair of the Georgia Commission on Women, Georgia State Capitol, September, 2005
  • Executive Board, It's About Time: Part-Time Policies and Practices in Atlanta Law Firms, Sponsor was the Women in the Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Commission on Women, 2004
  • Panelist, "Going Solo: A Practical Approach, Supporting Your Practice: Available Resources," Georgia State University, College of Law, Career Services Office, April, 2004
  • Speaker, "Probate, Beyond the Will" , State Bar of Georgia, CLE, Solo and Small Firm Institute, 2004
  • Teacher, "Dialogue on Brown v. Board of Education", Atlanta Bar May Day Program, Therrell High School, Atlanta, Georgia, May, 2004
  • Speaker, "Effective Uses of Trusts, Estate Planning for the General Practitioner: A Comparison of Wills and Trusts,” State Bar of Georgia, CLE, Solo and Small Firm Institute September, 2003, 2003
  • "Financial Planning" and "Law Practice Management", The Information Exchange, Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association, 2001
  • "Year End Tax Planning" and "Ethical Considerations on the Internet", The Information Exchange, Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association, January, 2001
  • Co-Editor & Co-Author, "Women and the Law: An Update", Published by the Georgia Commission on Women and the Georgia Department of Law, 1998
  • Co-Editor & Co-Author, "Women and the Law: A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Georgia", Author: Sections on Power of Attorney. Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Co-Author: Sections on Wills, Trusts, Starting Your Own Business, Published by the Georgia Commission on Women and the Georgia Department of Law, 1996

Representative Clients:

  • Heirs, Beneficiaries and Executors. People who want estate planning and want to have Wills and Trusts made. People who want to probate Wills or possibly who need estate disputes mediated or solved. Spouses who may be bound by a Prenuptial Agreement that interferes with their inheritance rights  from their deceased spouse. People who want a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Commissioner, Georgia Commission on Women, a state agency.
  • Hearing Officer, Bureau of Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire, City of Atlanta
  • Leadership Atlanta

Newsletters:

  • I have been on The Mortmain Editorial Board since 2004. The Mortmain is the official magazine of the Estate Planning and Probate Section, of which I am Treasurer. I have been an issue editor and have written numerous articles., The Mortmain, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association.

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in History; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Arts in Modern European History, Minor in Russian History; Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1983
Office Location for Jacquelyn H. Saylor

100 Colony Square, Suite 1450
1175 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361

 

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Last Updated: 6/28/2016

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