CONTACT: 770-422-1776


Ann A. Watkins

49 Atlanta Street

Marietta, GA 30060

T: (770) 422-1776

F: (770) 426-6155

Ann Watkins leads in the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Tax Practice Group and has over 25 years of experience in the estate planning and estate administration areas. She offers sophisticated transfer tax planning techniques where needed, and compassion and understanding with regard to the personal aspects of estate planning.

Some of the components of estate plans developed and implemented by Mrs. Watkins include the following:

  • Tax Planning Wills
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney for Property
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Irrevocable Gifting Trusts
  • Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Planning
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts
  • Private Foundations
  • Qualified Sub-Chapter S Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Trusts
  • Qualified Domestic Trusts

Mrs. Watkins offers legal assistance in the administration of decedents’ estates including post-mortem planning solutions to mitigate the consequences of poor planning. Estate administration services are offered on a case by case basis, consisting of as little or as much professional assistance as the decedent’s family and personal representatives need or desire. Estate administration services might include some or all of the following:

  • Petition to Probate Will (testate estate) or Petition for Letters of Administration (intestate estate)
  • Record-Keeping and Accounting
  • Disclaimers and Renunciations
  • Executor’s Deed of Assent
  • Petition for Year’s Support
  • Preparation and Filing of Estate Tax Returns and Fiduciary Income Tax Returns
  • Collection of Life Insurance Proceeds and Retirement Plan Benefits
  • Post-Mortem Tax Planning and Funding of Trusts
  • Petition for Discharge and closing the estate
  • Mrs. Watkins is a frequent speaker on basic estate planning concepts as well as sophisticated estate planning techniques, and has authored numerous magazine articles on these and related topics.

Mrs. Watkins was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1979 and the North Carolina Bar in 1987. She is a past President of the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia and served for a number of years on the Planned Gifts Committee of the Wellstar Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of the Tommy Nobis Foundation. She was recently included in Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2013 “Legal Elite” list in the area of Taxes, Estates, & Trusts.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member and past President, Estate Planning Council of North Georgia
  • Board Member and Vice-Chairman, Tommy Nobis Foundation
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia (Fiduciary Law Section )
  • Member, Cobb County Bar Association (Elder Law Section)
  • Member and Former Deacon, First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia

Practice Areas

  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning
  • Estate Planning (Wills & Trusts)
  • Probate & Estate Administration


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.A. (English), magna cum laude, Furman University (Phi Beta Kappa)


  • Georgia
  • North Carolina