Robert Hughes, Jr.
Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Lawrenceville, GeorgiaRobert W. Hughes & Associates
Robby Hughes is the founder of Hughes and Associates in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A top-rated, award-winning lawyer with over 28 years of legal experience, Robby represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Atlanta metro region and surrounding areas with legal needs involving probate and trust litigation, estate administration, estate planning, business law, commercial litigation, civil litigation and wrongful death.
A practical and sensible attorney, Robby has earned a reputation for identifying potential problems his clients may face and offering the solid, straightforward advice clients need to make the best-informed decisions on the matters that affect their cases. A former business owner himself, he understands the unique struggles and concerns small-business owners can experience, and he strives to be the attorney his clients can rely on to help identify risks and ways to avoid costly mistakes when running their companies.
A pragmatic problem-solver, Robby prides himself on devising customized strategies and solutions that will help his clients protect themselves, their assets and their businesses with an eye on success. Along with his litigation practice, he has successfully handled over 20 appellate cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Many of his cases have set new legal precedents and helped establish new laws in the areas of probate, wills and business torts.
Robby graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. He then helped establish his family's printing company while assisting with its day-to-day operations. Learning firsthand the needs many small-business owners have finding a quality, trustworthy attorney, Robby attended Georgia State University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1992.
Along with practicing before all of Georgia's state courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court, Robby is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1993, he received the Gwinnett County Bar Association Pro Bono Project Award, and in 2001, he received the 10 Year Award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Saturday Lawyer Program.
Practice areasEstate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation, Alternative dispute resolution, Business/corporate, Civil litigation: plaintiff
Guardianships & conservatorships, Probate & estate administration, Wills, Will contests, Arbitration, Mediation, Business formation and planning
- 40% Estate planning & probate
- 30% Estate & trust litigation
- 10% Alternative dispute resolution
- 10% Business/corporate
- 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
First Admitted: 1992, Georgia
Professional Webpage: https://hughespclaw.com/about-us/robert-hughes/
- Florida State University College of Business, B.A. Hotel and Restaurant Administration, 1977
- 11th District Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- State Bar of Georgia, 1992
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Courts of Georgia
- United States Supreme Court, 2007
- Member of NAELA, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2014
- Licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 2007
- Glenn Harp & Sons, Inc., 1996
- Tri-Tech Roofing, Inc., 1994
- Walton Press, Inc., 2001
- Gwinnett County Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 1999
- Gwinnett County Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2003
- Pro Bono Project Award, Gwinnett County Bar Association, Lawyer of the Year, Atlanta Legal Aid, 2003
- 10 Year Award, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Saturday Lawyer Program, 10 Year Award, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, 1999
- In Re: Estate of Jon Edward Mendres, Sr. A19A1475 In this matter, the personal representative of the estate failed to object to the Petition for Year's Support filed by the widow of Mr. Mendres. In failing to object to the petition, the personal representative agreed to the petition. When the trial court ordered all property requested in the petition be given to the widow, the personal representative appealed the decision. The personal representative argued the order should be set aside as being inherently unfair. the Court of Appeals agreed with trial court and the year' support order was upheld. Our client, the widow, received the marital home along with several bank accounts. , 2020
- Steen-Jorgensen v. Huff, 352 Ga. App. 727, 835 S.E.2d 707 (2019). We were able to properly secure a reversal of a judgment against our client by having the Court of Appeals direct the trial court to make specific findings of fact regarding whether the trial court should hear a case about appointing a guardian in the county where the proposed ward previously resided. The trial court made a brief unsupported decision about who a guardian should be. The Court of Appeals told the trial court that it needs to set out very specific findings in its opinion., 2019
- Regal Nissan, Inc. v. Scott, 348 Ga. App. 91, 821 S.E.2d 561 (2018) In this case, the Court of Appeals upheld the trial court which had found that the personal representative of an estate had the authority to enforce all rights that come with the ownership of shares of stock in a company. The issues were related to the wife of her deceased husband seeking to secure financial information from a company in which her husband owned shares of stock. The ultimate answer is that the executor or administrator can have access to all information a deceased shareholder could have had., 2018
- Milbourne v. Milbourne, 301 Ga. 111, 799 S.E.2d 785 (2017) The Supreme Court held that it is generally improper to grant summary judgment in a will contest case is brought on the grounds of undue influence., 2017
- Banner v. Vandeford, 293 Ga. 654 (2013), 2013
- Bailey v. Annistown Rd. Baptist Church and Gwinnett County, 301 Ga. App. 677 (2010), 2010
- In re Estate of Nesbit, 299 Ga. App. 496 (2009), 2009
- Hampton Island Club, LLC v. B2 Creative, Inc., 300 Ga. App. 258 (2009), 2009
- Manders v. King, 284 Ga. 338 (2008), 2008
- In Re Estate of Boss, 293 Ga. App. 769 (2008), 2008
- Dierkes v. Crawford Orthodontic Care, P.C., 284 Ga. App. 96, 2007, 2007
- In re Estate of Barr, 278 Ga. App. 837, 2006, 2006
- Dorsey v. Kennedy, 284 Ga. 464 (2008), 2008
- Bacon v. Volvo Service Center, Inc., 266 Ga. App. 543 (2004), 2004
- Harp v. Pryor, 276 Ga. 478 (2003), 2003
- Network Publications, Inc. v. Bjorkman, 756 So.2d 1028 (2000), 2000
- If your spouse passed away within the past two years, you should consider filing a Petition for Year's Support instead of opening an estate if you and all the heirs and beneficiaries agree that you should inherit your spouses's assets., Why Should You Consider Filing for Year's Support, Individual Probate Needs, 2020
Office location for Robert Hughes, Jr.
390 West Crogan St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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Q: How Can A Lawyer Assist Me In Georgia’s Probate Process?A: WHAT IS PROBATE?Probate is the process of obtaining probate court approval to open an estate, collect assets, pay bills and distribute the remaining … See all answers by Robert Hughes, Jr.