Jacquelyn H. Saylor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Saylor Law Firm LLP
 | 1201 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 3220
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-892-4400
Fax: 404-892-2400
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (90%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jacquelyn H. Saylor is a founding partner of The Saylor Law Firm LLP, which has office locations in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia. A top-rated attorney with 35 years of legal experience, Ms. Saylor focuses her practice primarily on estate planning, probate and estate administration, estate and trust disputes, and business law and planning.

Widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent female attorneys in the state, Ms. Saylor received the Legal Leaders Woman Leader in the Law award in 2018 and the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession section in 2016. She also holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and Georgia Trend Magazine named her among the state's Legal Elite for taxes, estates and trusts. She has also received numerous other awards and honors for her professionalism and service.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ms. Saylor earned her Master of Arts in Modern European History from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1983. That same year, the State Bar of Georgia admitted her to practice.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Saylor has maintained an active presence in numerous local, state and national bar associations. She is the Past President  of the Atlanta Bar Association, and she currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair for the organization's Estate Planning and Probate section.

A prolific writer, Ms. Saylor edits and contributes content to the Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section newsletter, The Mortmain, and she serves on the editorial board for The Atlanta Lawyer, where she has published numerous articles. She also conducts continuing legal education seminars and lectures across her region on a variety of legal topics.

Committed to her local community, Ms. Saylor volunteers her time and services to various civic and charitable organizations throughout the Atlanta metro region, and she received the Chief Justice Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia in 2004.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (90%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2017 - 2020

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About Jacquelyn Saylor

Admitted: 1983, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://saylorlaw.com/team/jacquelyn-h-jackie-saylor/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recipient, Chief Justice Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia, 2004
  • Distinguished Volunteer Leadership in Birth Defects Prevention, March of Dimes, North Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, 1989-1991
  • Super Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate, 2019
  • Outstanding public service in providing legal representation to low income citizens of Georgia, December 31, 2007
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential People in Law and Accounting, 2014
  • AV Rated Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell
  • NAWBO Atlanta WE Advocate Award as a community professional, 2008
  • Phi Kappa Literary Society, University of Georgia
  • Phi Kappa Phi, University of Georgia
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia, Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell in Estate Planning, 2012-2016
  • Georgia Women's Institute Leadership in Business and Law Award, 2010
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, The Best Lawyers In Taxes, Estates & Trust Category
  • Legal Leaders Woman Leader in the Law, 2018
  • Phi Alpha Theta, University of Georgia
  • Georgia Super Lawyers in Estate Planning & Probate for five years 
  • Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award, Women in Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, June 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Council of Bar Presidents, Past Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2019
  • Women in the Profession (WIP) Committee, Chair, 2000 – 2002
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Member
  • Ex-Officio Member, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board of Trustees, 2013-2015
  • Gate City Bar, Past Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Member
  • Georgia Department of Corrections, Vice-Chair 1995-1996
  • Member, Leadership Atlanta, 1989-present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Treasurer 2016-2017.
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Past Member
  • Women in the Profession (WIP) Committee, Treasurer 2011 – 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Secretary, 2012 – 2013
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), Sisters in Law
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Vice President/President Elect, 2013 – 2014
  • State Bar of Georgia, Business Law Section, Member
  • Georgia Department of Corrections, Women’s Advisory Council, 1994-1996
  • Committee Chair, Georgia Women’s History Month Committee, 1996
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Secretary, 2015-2016
  • Atlanta-Fulton League of Women Voters, Board of Directors
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Chair 2018-2019
  • Women in the Profession (WIP) Committee, WIP Section Board 2010 – 2013
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Treasurer, 2011 – 2012
  • American Bar Association, Past Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, President, 2014-2015
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2006 – 2016
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Fellow
  • Board Member, Georgia Commission on Women, appointed by Lt. Governors Pierre Howard and Mark Taylor, 1992 – 2003
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Vice Chair/Chair Elect 2017-2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Past Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2005-2006
  • Pro bono Volunteer, Probate Information Centers (PIC) of Fulton and DeKalb counties, 2007-2018
  • Fulton County Probate Information Center (PIC), Volunteer Attorney through the (AVLF) Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, since 2007
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sunday School Teacher
  • Sponsor, Sawbones (doctors) vs. Jawbones (lawyers) basketball game to benefit Side by Side Brain Injury Center
  • Good Shepherd Society, Member
  • Ansley Park Tour of Homes, Sponsor
  • Trinity School Parents Council, President
  • Ansley Park Book Club, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Gift Planning Committee, 2017-2018
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2014-2015
  • DeKalb County Probate Information Center (PIC), Volunteer Attorney through the (DVLF) DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Ansley Park Garden Club, Member
  • Hearing Officer, Bureau of Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire, City of Atlanta, 2002 – 2004
  • Associate Vestry, Member
  • Volunteer, Volunteer Lawyer Project for Cuban Detainees, 1985
  • Good Shepherd Society, Intercessor
  • Ansley Park Tour of Homes, Volunteer
  • Atlanta Symphony Ball Committee, Arthritis Ball Patron
  • Member, Georgia Commision on Women, 1992-2003
  • Trinity School Parents Council, Treasurer
  • Volunteer Lawyer Project for Cuban Detainees, 1985
  • Vice Chair, 1995-1996, Member 1994-1996, Women's Advisory Council, Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Ansley Park Civic Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Charter Life Time Fellow-program
  • Law Week Wills Program
  • Selden Society, Member
  • Good Shepherd Society, Lector
  • Circle/Cornerstone Member, High Museum of Art
  • Atlanta Symphony Ball Committee, Arthritis Ball Patron
  • GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes Celebration, Sponsor
  • The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors, Member
  • “I Have a Dream” program, Contributor

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (or Your Digital Assets)," The Atlanta Lawyer, Magazine of the Atlanta Bar Association, August/September 2018, 2018
  • Issue Editor, The Mortmain, Summer, 2009
  • Panelist, "Award Winning NAWBO Women Business Owners", NAWBO, March, 2011
  • Issue Editor, The Mortmain, Spring, 2010
  • Author, "Tech Talk: Windows 10 Update", The Atlanta Lawyer, Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Author, "Probate Practice Pitfalls and Pointers Panel", The Mortmain, Winter, Author, 2009
  • Teacher, "Dialogue on Brown v. Board of Education", Atlanta Bar May Day Program, Therrell High School, Atlanta, Georgia, May, 2004
  • "Estate Tax Reform, Middle Class Clients, Income Taxation of Estates & Trusts", The Mortmain, 2008
  • Panelist, "Going Solo: A Practical Approach, Supporting Your Practice: Available Resources," Georgia State University, College of Law, Career Services Office, April, 2004
  • The Information Exchange, SP/SF newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association, Past Editor
  • "Recent Developments in Georgia Fiduciary Law," The Mortmain, 2006
  • The Atlanta Lawyer, Advisor, 2014-2016
  • 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
  • Co-Author: “Unique Wedding Ceremonies in the Atlanta Community,” The Atlanta Lawyer, Magazine of the Atlanta Bar Association, Feb 2018
  • "Financial Planning" and "Law Practice Management", The Information Exchange, Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association, 2001
  • Author, multiple President's Messages such as "The Importance of Financial Planning" and "A Community Commitment: The Impact of Lawyers Who Give Back," The Atlanta Lawyer, 2014-2015.
  • "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
  • The Information Exchange, SP/SF newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association, Past Chair
  • Co-Editor & Co-Author, "Women and the Law: A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Georgia", 1996
  • Co-Author: Sections on Wills, Trusts, Starting Your Own Business, Georgia Commission on Women and the Georgia Department of Law
  • Co-Editor & Co-Author, "Women and the Law: An Update", Published by the Georgia Commission on Women and the Georgia Department of Law, 1998
  • 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
  • Speaker, "Probate, Beyond the Will" , State Bar of Georgia, CLE, Solo and Small Firm Institute, 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
  • 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
  • Author, "Does Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA Make Economical Sense?", The Mortmain, Winter, 2010
  • Lecturer, "What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know", State Bar of GA ICLE, 2013
  • Effective Networking, Speaker, Atlanta Bar Association Women In The Profession Section, 2012
  • Georgia League of Women Voters, League Legislative Newsletter, Editor & Contributor
  • Author, “Reliable Insights About Testamentary Special Needs Trusts,” The Mortmain, the Estate Planning & Probate Section newsletter, Early Summer, 2017
  • Author, “Restaurant Review: Atmosphere Bistro,” The Atlanta Lawyer, Feb 2018
  • Moderator: “Judiciary Preference for Probate Petitions and other Probate Matters” Panel Discussion, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association, October 2017
  • Author: Sections on Power of Attorney. Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Author and Issue Editor, "Why and How There is an Evolution of Estate Planning in the Future for Lawyers", The Mortmain, 2014
  • Author, "A Look Back at Atlanta Bar Association Leaders: African Americans and Women in the Organization", The Atlanta Lawyer, 2014
  • 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
  • Speaker, "Self-marketing and Firm-marketing", Presentation to Emory Law School Extern Class, 2016
  • 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, "Appreciation and Peace Officers Memorial Service", Sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association and Atlanta Metropolitan Police, 2015
  • Author, "Tips for Probate Courts in Metropolitan Atlanta", The Mortmain, Spring, 2010
  • Teacher, "Why Every Vote Matters", Therrell High School Law Day Program, 2014
  • "Caution Required for Internet Wills and other Self Made Wills", Vitam, West Georgia Health Foundation Newsletter, Author, 2011
  • Radio Appearance, "Atlanta Legal Experts Radio Show", 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Arts, Modern European History
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, History
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1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3220
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-892-4400

Fax: 404-892-2400

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