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Wise Planning For Life’s Unique Challenges

Life is full of challenges, both expected and unexpected. With our focused and extensive experience on the issues surrounding will, trust and estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, fiduciary litigation (trust and estate disputes), and related areas, the attorneys at Hill & Watchko, LLC can help you plan and address these challenges. We believe that true professionalism goes beyond expertise and make it our goal to meet clients’ needs with compassion and understanding. Let our experience enhance your goals for yourself, your family, and institutions that you love.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Call 770-450-4480 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney John Cleveland Hill

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Education:

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Graduated in the Top 10% of his Class
  • Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Student Body President
    • Honors: James Edward Oglethorpe Cup
    • Honors: Pattillo Leadership Prize
    • Honors: Charles Longstreet Weltner Award
    • Honors: Inaugural Recipient, President's Community Service Award

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Georgia Bar Association, Member, 2004 to Present
  • Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, 2008 to Present
  • Fiduciary Bar Section - Georgia Bar, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees, 2011-2022
  • Trustee’s Campus Life Committee, Chair, 2008-2009 and 2011-2013 academic terms
  • Mission Fulfillment Committee, Chair, 2018-2022
  • Campaign Steering Committee for the University’s I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation, 2019 to 2019
  • Oglethorpe Alumni Association, President, 2011-2013, 2011 to 2013
  • Forsyth County, Georgia Tripartite Committee, Member, 2014-2023

Attorney Sarah Randal Watchko

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2008

Education:

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Honors: Full Merit Scholarship
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy & Psychology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys GA Chapter, Board of Directors, 2018 to Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning Section, Member, Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association Elder Law Section, Member, Past Chair, 2012 to 2013
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Member, Present
  • State Bar of Georgia

Attorney Rachel B. Keller

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2009

Education:

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. - 2009
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • B.S.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Family and Consumer Sciences

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning Section, Member, Present

Attorney Laura McDonnell Barron

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Education:

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
    • B.S. - 2001
    • Major: Psychology with a concentration in Medical Humanities

Attorney Laura Barfield Baxter

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2004
  • Tennessee

Education:

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Mercer’s Moot Court Board and served as a student coach
  • University of Georgia
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: English and Political Science

Attorney Phill Bettis

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980

Education:

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1980
  • Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 00/1976
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Optimist Club, Member, 1980
  • Leadership Georgia, Member, 1989
  • Leadership Forsyth, Member, 1987
  • Cumming Forsyth Bar Association, Member, 1984
  • Sawnee Community Center, Inc., 1980
  • Leadership Forsyth, Inc., 1987
  • Midway Building Supply, Inc., 1978
  • Benjamin Brady Foundation, Chairperson and a Trustee
  • Longstreet Baptist Church, Member and Sunday School teacher
  • Hightower Baptist Association, Executive Board Member
  • Georgia Baptist Convention, Executive Board Member
  • Cumming, Forsyth County Bar Association, Charter President
  • Regions Bank, Forsyth County, Director
  • State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism, 2005 Chairman
  • Forsyth County Library Board, Trustee
  • Lanier Technical College, Trustee

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