A. Kel Long, III

A. Kel Long, III

Office: 404.238.0174
Fax: 1.866.528.1513
kel@hrzlfirm.com


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EDUCATION/HONORS

  • Listed in Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2014 Edition published by The Wall Street Journal
  • Emory University School of Law, JD, with distinction, 1989
  • University of Mississippi, BA, 1982
  • Georgia Federal Tax Conference Award for outstanding tax student in Emory Law School graduating class
  • Honorable Mention Award from the Mississippi Society of CPA’s for successful completion of the May, 1982 CPA Examination
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating - AV (highest rating; 5.0 of 5.0)
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell 2014 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Estate Planning
    • Wills, Trusts and Probate
    • Estate Tax Reduction
    • Estate Freeze Techniques
  • Tax Planning
  • Business Succession and Reorganization
    • Partnerships/LLCs
    • Corporate Law
    • Buy-Sell Arrangements
  • Charitable Planning
  • Tax Controversies
  • Settlement/Special Needs Trusts

WORK EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO LAW SCHOOL

  • Certified Public Accountant, Price Waterhouse, Houston, Texas

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • President, Atlanta Bar Estate Planning and Probate Section (2004)
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council
  • Certified Public Accountant, Georgia
  • North Georgia Estate Planning Council
    • Member, Board of Directors (2001 – 2002)
  • Georgia Bar Association
    • Chair, Fiduciary Legislation Sub-Committee to Repeal the Rule Against Perpetuities
    • Member, Taxation Section

CIVIC LEADERSHIP

  • Co-Founded “Three-Oh-We-Go,” a wintertime homeless outreach project and pillar program of Project Live Love, Inc.  (2010)
  • Georgia Special Olympics – Honorary Board of Directors (2009)
  • Ducks Unlimited – State Campaign Committee (2011 to present), Senior Vice President, DU, Inc., DU Canada Board of Directors, Wetlands America Trust Board of Directors(2006-2011), Georgia State Chairman (2003-2006)
  • Boy Scouts of America – Former Asst. Scout Master, Troop 370, Atlanta, GA.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “MMSEA Reporting – Are You Ready?” published in the Winter 2010 Verdict Magazine
  • “Medicare Set Aside Trusts (Am I Required To Do One?)” published in the Fall 2009 Verdict Magazine
  • “Trust Protector Committees for Special Needs Trusts” published in the Fall 2009 Georgia Special Olympics magazine
  • “Protecting How and Where We Live Through Trusts” published in the October 2008 Lindquist Group, Risk Management magazine
  • “Settlement Trusts and Medicaid Exempt Supplemental Needs Trust – What the Georgia Plaintiff’s Attorney Needs to Know,” published in the Winter, 2003 issue of The Calendar Call magazine
  • “Statutory Freeze Partnerships: A Useful Estate Planning Technique,” published in the February, 2001 issue of Estate Planning magazine
  • “Recent Partnership Changes Affect Estate Planning,” published in the October, 1998 issue of Estate Planning magazine

APPELLATE  DECISIONS

  • In Re:  Estate of Sonja Smith Sellers, 247 Ga. App. 811, 545 S.E.2d 385 (2001) Court of Appeals, State of Georgia

SEMINARS PRESENTED

  • Family Forum - Planning for Your Parents' Incapacity, Atlanta, GA, June 2014
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Beaver Creek, CO, January 2014
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Beaver Creek, CO, January 2013
  • Trust Reformation and Modification (The Law and the Lore of Court Amended and Court Created Irrevocable Trusts), Special Needs Trusts advisor group, Atlanta, GA  June 2012
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Beaver Creek, CO, January 2012
  • Trust Reformation and Modification (The Law and the Lore of Court Amended and Court Created Irrevocable Trusts) Atlanta Bar Estate Planning Section June, 2011
  • Trust Reformation and Modification (The Law and the Lore of Court Amended and Court Created Irrevocable Trusts)  Georgia Bar Association, Special Needs Trusts, Atlanta, GA  April 2011
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Jackson Hole, WY, February 2011
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Steamboat Sprints, CO, February 2010, Atlanta, December 2010
  • Settlement Trust Update, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, GA, April 2009
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Park City, UT, February 2009
  • Perpetual Trusts in Georgia? (And How to Fix the Broken Ones),Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, November, 2008
  • Estate Planning Update, General Trial Practice Section of Georgia Bar Association, Amelia Island, FL, March 2008
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association, Update on Georgia Law, Park City, UT, February 2008, Atlanta, December 2008
  • The Rule Against Perpetuities, Has Its Time Expired in Georgia, Georgia Bar Association Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 2007
  • Professional Client Counseling, Georgia Bar Association Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 2007
  • Estate Planning Update, Georgia Bar Association Update on Georgia Law, Steamboat Springs, CO, February 2007, Atlanta, December, 2007
  • Use of Preferred Partnership Interests, Atlanta Tax Forum, January, 2006
  • Fixing the Unfixable (The Law and Lore of Court Amended and Court Created Irrevocable Trusts), Georgia Bar Association Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July, 2004
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning, Conflicts of Interest in Closely Held Business Representation, Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2004
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning, Conflicts of Interest in Closely Held Business Representation, Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2003
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning, Conflicts of Interest in Closely Held Business Representation, Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2002
  • A Closer Look at Family Partnerships, 46th Annual Institute, Georgia Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Athens, Georgia, February, 2001
  • Freeze Partnerships in the Estate Plan, Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta, GA, October, 2000
  • Insurance Planning With Statutory Freeze Partnerships, Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, Atlanta, GA, September 1998
  • Tax Issues Affecting the Elderly Client, Lorman Seminars, Atlanta, GA, September 1998
  • Recent Georgia Probate and Trust Law Developments, Georgia Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Atlanta, Georgia, December, 1997
  • Recent Georgia Probate and Trust Law Developments - Satellite Broadcast throughout Georgia, Georgia Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December, 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1997, American Express Financial Advisors, Atlanta, GA, November 1997
  • Estate Tax Planning in 1997, Georgia Bar Association Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta, Georgia, September, 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1997,  Independent Distributor Association, Atlanta, GA, September, 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1997,  Association of General Contractors, Atlanta, GA, May, 1997
  • Recent Georgia Probate and Trust Law Developments - Georgia Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Breckenridge, Colorado, January, 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1997, National Association of Home Builders, Houston, TX, January, 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1996, Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative, Sponsored by the National Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA, September, 1996
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1996, National Association of Home Builders, Houston, TX, January, 1996
  • Settlement Trusts - What To Do With The Proceeds, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, St. Simons Island, GA, October, 1995
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1995, Rotary Club, Augusta, GA, May, 1995
  • Advanced Estate Planning in 1995, National Association of Home Builders, Houston, TX, January, 1995
  • Settlement Trusts, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, GA December, 1994
  • Estate Planning With Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies presented to:  Middle Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA’s, August, 1994; Brunswick Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA’s, July, 1994; Atlanta - North Perimeter Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA’s, June, 1994; North Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA’s, February, 1994

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