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Reported Cases

Notable cases include
Probate and estate:
  • In Bean v. Wilson, 283 Ga. 511, 661 S.E.2d 518 (2008) Jerry obtained a favorable jury verdict for his client, which was upheld on appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, invalidating a will which was obtained by undue influence.

Personal injury:

  • In Evans v. Sparkles, 290 Ga. App. 458, 659 S.E.2d 860 (2008), Jerry obtained summary judgment, which was upheld on appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals, for his skating rink client in a case where a patron alleged that he was injured when he fell while roller skating.

  • In December, 2009, Jerry obtained a judgment for his skating rink client against a minor’s claim that she was injured when she tripped over an extension cord on the carpeted floor outside the skating rink area. The Court cited the Georgia Roller Skating Safety Act and found that (1) the rink had complied with its obligations under the act, (2) the minor and her witnesses gave conflicting accounts of how she fell (noting specifically that there was no mention of an extension cord in the initial report of the accident) and (3) the minor assumed the risk of falling while on roller skates.
  • In January, 2013, Jerry obtained summary judgment for his skating rink client against an adult skater’s claim that she was injured when her rental roller skate “locked up.” The Court found that the plaintiff had assumed the risk of her injuries.

Guardianship/conservatorship:

  • In September, 2008, Jerry successfully represented an adult child in obtaining a guardianship and a conservatorship for her incompetent parent over the objection of another child who had taken steps to change their father’s long-standing estate plans.

  • In January, 2010, Jerry successfully defended a guardian/conservator against a sibling’s petition to remove her as guardian conservator.  After a three day hearing, the Probate Court found that there were no grounds to support the petition for removal.
  • In March, 2010, Jerry successfully defended an older adult against an attempt by her adult child to have herself appointed as emergency guardian. The Probate Court found that there was insufficient evidence to support the petition for an emergency guardian.


Bean v. Wilson, 283 Ga. 511, 661 S.E.2d 518 (2008)
Evans v. Sparkles, 290 Ga. App. 458, 659 S.E.2d 860 (2008)