Karen S. Hindson, Partner

Hindson & Melton LLC
1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30338

Licensed in Georgia and South Carolina
For Charleston appointments contact Atlanta office

Phone: 770- 939-3936
Fax: 866-726-1204

E-mail: karen at hindsonmelton.com

AV®Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Client reviews – from cards and notes received

Areas of practice:  estate planning and family law; also represent government contractors

Karen’s approach and philosophy on working with clients:

30+ years legal experience
legal services based on your goals and objectives – not ours
straightforward and candid advice
mediation, collaborative law, or litigation approaches to resolving your legal dispute
legal advice with a view towards improving your life, family, financial and business success
flexible appointment scheduling
client/lawyer partnership; also team with client’s other professional advisors
our goal – to exceed client expectations 100% of the time
our goal – excellence in legal services
we welcome client and referral feedback
our values: honesty, integrity, courage, excellence, loyalty, commitment, responsibility

Typical clients:

those seeking divorce without emotional or financial destruction
those seeking information about trusts
those seeking an amicable uncontested divorce or collaborative divorce
those seeking to protect their children and their financial future
families and individuals who wish to improve their future or legacy through prudent and responsible planning
those seeking new or updated wills, powers of attorney, living wills/advance directives
concerned relatives/parents/grandparents
second marriages and blended families seeking premarital advice, financial planning and/or estate planning
families with special needs
referrals from counselors, financial planners, CPAs, former clients, other attorneys, judges
friends and acquaintances and family members of same
those seeking to avoid probate and minimize estate taxes
those seeking advice on beneficiary designations and review of overall planning and strategies
business owners needing shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, business succession strategies
government contractors

Professional affiliations:

American Bar Association
State of Georgia Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
United States Army Reserve (JAG), Retired Lieutenant Colonel

Areas Of Practice:

Trusts: Living, Revocable, Irrevocable, Life Insurance, Special Needs
Wills and Estate Planning
Probate & Estate Administration
Prenuptial Agreements and premarital financial planning
Divorce and Custody – Visitation – Alimony – Modifications
Adoptions – including stepparent and relatives
Mediation – Arbitration – Collaborative Law – Litigation
Guardianships/Conservatorships for minors and incapacitated adults
Business & Commercial Law agreements
Government Contracts

Admitted to practice in the following courts:

U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990
Georgia, 1979
South Carolina, 2006
Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1990
U.S. District Court for South Carolina, 2009
Other federal and state courts on a case-by-case basis


Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
J.D., 1979

Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
B.A., 1976, summa cum laude
Major: History

Securities and Insurance education

Published Works:

Contracting with the Federal Government: An Overview, Yearbook of Procurement Articles
Recognizing Personal Service Contracts, The Army Lawyer
Voices of Experience, American Bar Association
Contracting with the Federal Government: An Overview, Illinois Bar Journal
Successful Marketing for Law Firms, American Bar Association
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, Georgia State Bar Journal
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, The Compleat Lawyer
Fight for Reemployment, The Compleat Lawyer

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Government Contracts Annual Update with Dixon Hughes – Charleston & Spartanburg
Government Contract Source Selection, U S Army
Business Law, Georgia University System
Personal Legal Issues, Employee Retirement System of Georgia
Special Needs Trusts, Parents in Transition
Common Mistakes in Estate Planning, Merrill Lynch
Planning for Special Needs Family Members, Fragile X Association
Georgia Guardianship Law, People Making Progress
Wills – Advanced Directives/Living Wills – Powers of Attorney – Trusts, various civic and church groups
Charitable Giving – various and non-profits
Retirement Financial Seminars, Merrill Lynch
Women’s Legal and Financial Issues – women’s groups