Previously of Hoffman & Associates, LLC, and Johnson and Christian, LLC, Bridget specializes in the areas of wills, trusts, charitable giving, probate, business representation and buy/sell agreements. She is known for her ability to navigate complex and contentious estate issues and for bringing rival family factions to agreement over the distribution of assets, especially where a family business or large real estate holdings are involved.
Notable recent matters include:
- Successfully challenged the IRS on an estate valuation issue, saving $3 million dollars in estate taxes, and
- Formulated a plan that resolved sibling issues related to a large family business where only one of the children was involved.
Bridget received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Akron School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While in Law School, Bridget was the Associate Editor of the Akron Law Review. She also clerked for Justice Deborah L. Cook of the Ohio Supreme Court and Judge John W. Reece of the Ninth District Ohio Court of Appeals. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in May 1998.
Bridget is a member of the Georgia, Atlanta and American Bar Associations; the Business and Fiduciary Sections of the Georgia Bar; the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar; the Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar; the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia.
Ms. Christian worked with my parents over a decade ago to set up their land based business and conduct estate planning using a family trust that would withstand the test of time in the form of multiple generations, possible divorces of family members, etc.
No one expected we’d need the estate planning Ms. Christian did for us quite so soon. With the sudden passing of my parents, I was left as executor of their estates and operating manager and president of the family business. Due to Ms. Christian’s extremely thorough work when designing the trust, she was able to help me wade through the complexities and unforeseen (on my part) difficulties associated with managing two estates and the family businesses.
Ms. Christian’s extremely thorough and detail oriented nature made a very complicated family affair run smoothly and effectively. I have had many attorneys in the past, but none that took such careful time explaining all the steps of the process and then making it all happen exactly as described. The loss of both my parents in such a short period of time left me shell-shocked, but I never once had to worry that the estate filings were done on time and correctly. She made a horrible time in my life so much easier because unlike other attornies I’ve worked with in the past, I realized that I could trust in her integrity, knowledge and ability to get the job done right. Honesty, integrity, and exceptional knowledge and skills are surprisingly difficult to find when looking for an attorney. My family and I hit the proverbial jackpot with Ms. Christian.
As a side note – a few years before my parents’ passing, there was a divorce in the family. The non-family member tried very hard and spent quite a lot of money with their own talented team of attorneys – trying to break the family trust to access assets that weren’t theirs. The trust was written so well and so thoroughly by Ms. Christian that the judge wouldn’t even agree to a hearing on the matter despite multiple requests and compelling arguments by the opposing counsel.
Ms. Christian has also handled a number of corporate legal issues for our companies over the years. In all cases, her expertise provided exactly the advice needed to protect the company and resolve conflicts. My family and I will be forever grateful for her work.
Bridget established my business in record time. Her advice was perfect. This is a great help when starting a new endeavor. Her recommendations and insights have led us on the right path for a variety of business contracts since. I highly recommend adding her as a professional on your team.