Wade H. Watson III

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Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Watson Bonander, LLC
 | 2200 Century Parkway, Suite 990
Atlanta, GA 30345-3103
Phone: 404-876-0049
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (60%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
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    A founder of Watson Bonander, LLC, Wade H. Watson III offers legal services to people living in Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout Georgia. He focuses his practice on disputes and lawsuits involving wills, trusts, probate and estate administration, and the control and ownership of closely held businesses, corporations, LLCs, business partnerships and family limited partnerships. Mr. Watson also handles cases involving guardianships, powers of attorney and conservatorships, business litigation and civil appeals.

    In 1979, Mr. Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emory University. As an undergraduate student, he was a member of several honor societies including The Phi Beta Kappa Society and Pi Sigma Alpha. Mr. Watson then attended the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1982 with a Juris Doctor.

    Dealing with disputes involving one's family or long standing business partners requires careful thought and evaluation. Mr. Watson takes the trust his clients place in him seriously and always acts with their best interests in mind. He understands how confusing the law can be and is committed to giving clients honest and clear information so they can make choices that will benefit them and their family. For over 30 years Mr. Watson has guided clients through these sensitive matters and is known for his compassion and sincerity.

    Mr. Watson has given public presentations on topics such as Georgia fiduciary law, declaratory judgments, claims by minority business owners, minor and ward claims, and estate disputes involving a surviving spouse and children of a prior marriage. Furthermore, he is the author of several publications and has served the legal communities in a number of capacities. Mr. Watson is a member of the Atlanta Bar Foundation’s board of directors; he is a member of the Meridian Herald, Inc.’s, board of advisers; and he is a former president of the Atlanta Bar Association.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

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    About Wade Watson III

    Admitted: 1982, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.watsonbonander.com/wade-watson/


    • Cum Laude, University of Georgia
    • 2008 Distinguished Service Award, Atlanta Bar Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, State Bar of Georgia
    • Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Foundation
    • The Atlanta Bar Association, Immediate Past President (2014-2015); President (2013-2014), Secretary (2011-2012), Treasurer (2010-2011), Board of Directors, Member-at-Large (2004-2009)
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Guest Faculty, Emory University School of Law, Trial Techniques Program, April 3, 2004
    • Member, Atlanta Lawyers Club
    • Atlanta Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee (2008), Board of Directors, Litigation Section (2004-2009), Chair, Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section (2002-2003), Member, Estate Planning and Probate Section
    • Chair, Editorial Board of The Atlanta Lawyer (2003-2008)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Advisors, Meridian Herald, Inc.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Georgia Court of Appeals Saves Direct Action Remedy and Extends it to Limited Liability Companies," The Litigator (Fall, 2007), Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association
    • "Will Contests: Litigating the Trillion Dollar Inheritance of the Baby Boomers," Verdict, The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Fall 1997) (with Melissa S. Price, Esq.)
    • "The Development of the Shareholder's Direct Action Damage Remedy," 28 Ga. Bar J. 195 (May 1992) (with J. Bertram Levy, Esq.), cited in Dunaway v. Parker, 215
    • Business Litigation, "Litigating a Breach of Majority Owner Fiduciary Duty in a Closely Held Corporation," paper presented August 21, 2002, Atlanta
    • "Lessons from a Troubled Estate: The Story of Otwell v. Regions Bank," 45th Estate Planning Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education of Georgia (February 2000)
    • "How Do You Know If Your Case Is Settled? A Practical Discussion of Georgia Law of Settlement," State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section Newsletter (September 1993) (with A. Paul Cadenhead, Esq.)
    • "Update on Georgia Fiduciary Law," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Update on Georgia Law Seminar, February 2009
    • "Update on Georgia Fiduciary Law," Financial Planning Association of Georgia Regional Conference, February 2009
    • "Avoiding or Engaging in Fiduciary and Probate Litigation," Estate Planning Conference, Georgia Society of CPAs (July 19, 2007)
    • "Tips On Making It Work, etc.," Atlanta Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Transitioning to Solo or Small Firm Practice (February 2004)
    • "Engagement Letters," Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section (June 2003)
    • "Compromised Claims of Minors/Wards," Probate Court Judges Fall Training, COAG Conference, November 17, 2010
    • "Lifetime Transfers to a Second Spouse: Hard Issues and Their Resolution Through Mediation," Fiduciary Law Institute, July, 2010


    • Kothari v. Patel, 262 Ga. App. 168, 585 S.E. 2d 97 (2003)
    • Ford Motor Co. v. Stubblefield, 171 Ga. App. 331, 319 S.E. 2d 470 (1984)
    • Norman v. Gober (II), 288 Ga. 754, 707 S.E.2d 98 (2013)
    • Hood v. Todd, 287 Ga. 164, 695 S.E.2d 31 (2010)
    • West v. West, 825 F. Supp. 1033 (N.D. Ga. 1992)
    • Norman v. Gober (I), 288 Ga. 754, 707 S.E.2d 98 (2011)
    • Otwell v. Regions Bank, Superior Court of Hall County (1997)
    • Hasty v. Castleberry, 293 Ga. 727, 749 S.E.2d 676 (2013)
    • Reinhardt University v. Castleberry, 293 Ga.App. 727, 734 S.E.2d 117 (2012)

    Educational Background:

    • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Pi Sigma Alpha, 1979
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    • “One of the best in his field. Very knowledgeable.”
    • “Wade brings his strong leadership skills, human compassion, sense of humor and keen intellect to his practice.”

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    2200 Century Parkway
    Suite 990
    Atlanta, GA 30345-3103

    Phone: 404-876-0049

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