John Cleveland Hill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Alpharetta, GA

Hill & Watchko, LLC
 | 1815 Lockeway Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Phone: 770-475-8041
Fax: 770-475-8950
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney John Cleveland Hill is the managing partner of Hill & Watchko, LLC, in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mr. Hill focuses his practice on estate planning, trusts and wills, elder law, asset protection and wealth preservation, and fiduciary litigation serving clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.

    Mr. Hill graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University and earned his law degree from Mercer University School of Law, graduating cum laude. While attending law school, he sat on the Mercer Law Review editorial board. He has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2004.

    Before founding his own practice in 2010, Mr. Hill practiced at two private Atlanta-based firms, including a large national law firm. Over the course of his career, he has received recognition and awards for his accomplishments, including being named in Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in estates, taxes and wills and the “10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch” award by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

    Actively involved in his legal community, the fiduciary law section of the State Bar of Georgia, the real property and probate section of the American Bar Association, and has lectured on estate planning topics at various conferences in the Atlanta area and in Florida.

    Mr. Hill enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering and serving in leadership roles. He sits on the board of trustees of Oglethorpe University, where he chairs the Board's Mission Fulfillment Committee which oversees academic affairs and campus life.  He serves on the board of directors for Act Together Ministries. He also serves on the Forsyth County, Georgia Tripartite Committee which governs the County's indigent defense system.   Mr. Hill proudly served on the Oglethorpe University I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation’s campaign steering committee and provides pro bono services at Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and has offered pro bono legal services to area police and firefighters.  

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


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    Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018

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    About John Hill

    Admitted: 2004, Georgia

    Professional Webpage:


    • One of the Top Trust and Estate Lawyers in Georgia
    • “10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch”, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 2013
    • “Legal Elite” in the area of Wills/Estates/Taxes, Georgia Trend Magazine
    • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in the area of Estate Planning, 2017 and 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, State Bar of Georgia’s Fiduciary Law Section
    • American Bar Association Real Property and Probate Section, 2020
    • Member, Estate Planning Council of North Georgia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chair, Oglethorpe Trustee's Campus Life Committee, 2008-2009 and 2011-2013
    • Chair, Oglethorpe Mission Fulfillment Committee, 2019-2020, 2020
    • Campaign Steering Committee, University’s I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation, 2018
    • Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees, 2011, 2007 - 2009, 2013 to present, 2020
    • Member, Forsyth County, Georgia Tripartite Committee, 2014 to present, 2020
    • Board of Directors of Act Together Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia 2010 to present, 2020
    • President, Oglethorpe’s Alumni Association, 2011 - 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter/key note speaker; exclusive speaker for four (4) hour seminar presented to the Trust Services Department for the Georgia Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church; Destin, Florida; November 14, 2018, Presenter and Key Note, “Estate Planning in the 21st Century: Family Dynamic Management, Ethical Considerations, Drafting”, 2019
    • “Estate Planning and Probate 101”, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Atlanta Chapter, April 24, 2019., Presenter, “Estate Planning and Probate 101”, 2019
    • “Basic Fiduciary Practice” seminar/CLE, State Bar of Georgia, March 27, 2015, presenter, Presenter, “Basic Fiduciary Practice”, State Bar of Georgia, 2015
    • “Pathway to Retirement” in conjunction with Emory University; taught 1.5 hour estate planning and probate section of a three series evening course to classes of adults averaging attendance of 20 to 55 persons on the following dates: February 19, 2019; September 25, 2018; August 14, 2018; March 13, 2018; August 29, 2017; March 21, 2017; February 7, 2017; October 11, 2016; September 27, 2016; April 11, 2016; March 29, 2016; January 1, 2016; March 30, 2015; April 29, 2015; February 10, 2015; April 1, 2014;, Presenter, "Pathway to Retirement: Estate Planning and Probate", 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, magna cum laude, Honors: James Edward Oglethorpe Cup, Patillo Leadership Prize, Charles Longstreet Weltner Award, President’s Community Service Award, 2001
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    Office Location for John Cleveland Hill

    1815 Lockeway Drive
    Alpharetta, GA 30004

    Phone: 770-475-8041

    Fax: 770-475-8950

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