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Kim C. Martin

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Kim C. Martin

Kim Martin is a trusts and estates attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning for families with a special needs family member. Her areas of expertise also include guardianship, divorce settlement agreements in cases that involve a special needs child, and tax planning.

Before joining Harrison and Held, Kim was an associate at Nadler Biernath, LLC, Lefkoff, Duncan, Grimes, McSwain and Hass, P.C., and in the Estate Planning and Administration group in the Atlanta office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Martin (now Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams, and Aughtry). She has also worked in the State and Local Tax Division of KPMG, LLP.

Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia (1990). She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999). She was admitted to the practice of law in Georgia in 1999.

Kim’s publications include articles in Trusts and Estates Magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine. She has appeared on several podcasts, most notably Wealth Matters and ABC’s of Disability Planning. She recently recorded an informational video for True Link on the subject of Divorce and the Special Needs Child. Hear more of Kim’s expertise on special needs law on her YouTube channel here.

Kim is a frequent speaker on the subjects of special needs trusts, guardianship, and divorce settlement agreements for families that include a child with special needs. Her appearances as a speaker include the national Special Needs Planning Conference at Stetson University (October 2021, October 2022), the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council (October 2021), the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association (December 2019), and numerous events hosted by Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS).

As the mother of two beautiful children, one of whom has Autism, Kim brings to her practice an appreciation for the unique challenges and joys of parenting a special needs child.

  • Kim Martin Presents “Guardianship in Georgia, A Parent’s Guide” for The DeKalb County School District at the 2022 Virtual Special Education Transition Fair on March 13, 2022
  • Speaking Event: Divorce and the Special Needs Child, presented at the annual Special Needs Conference hosted by Stetson University (October 2021)
  • Speaking Event: Special Needs Issues for Fiduciaries, presented at the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council (October 2021)
  • Numerous appearances as a speaker at educational events hosted by Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)
  • Speaking Event: Special Needs Triage, presented at the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association (December 2019)
  • Publication: Trusts and Estates Magazine
  • Publication: Family Lawyer Magazine (with Wayne Morrison, Esq.)
  • Podcast: ABCs of Disability Planning (scheduled for winter 2022)
  • Informational video for TrueLink (October 2021) on the subject of Divorce and the Special Needs Child
  • Podcast: Wealth Matters, hosted by Gaslowitz and Frankel (spring 2019) on the general subject of special needs planning

Georgia, 1999

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1999

The University of Virginia, B.A., English Literature, 1990

Board of Directors, “Just” People, an organization devoted to providing housing and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities

Board of Directors, Special Needs Cobb (formerly Right in the Community), which assists developmentally disabled adults with supported living and day programs

Board of Directors, Frazer Center, which offers an inclusive pre-K program and a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities

Board of Directors, Peter and Paul’s Place, an organization that offers art-based programs for neuro-diverse adults

Board of Directors, Branch Out Initiative, which provides STEM-based activities for children with special needs

Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners

Member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys

Member, State Bar of Georgia

Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Member, Atlanta Estate Planning Council (AEPC)

Member, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

Member, FOCUS Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Past member, Easter Seals Policy Council; named Easter Seals Parent of the Year in 2010

Past member, Editorial Board of The Mortmain, a publication of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association

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