Practice Areas

Guardian Ad Litem 

The lawyers at Smith & Lake are considered preeminent in the area of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) work in contested custody matters in Georgia.  GALs are regularly appointed by the Court in disputed custody and/or parenting time cases to perform investigations and to make recommendations to the Court as to custody, parenting time and other matters related to children.  Dawn Smith has authored much of the material used to train GALs in the state and has trained hundreds of attorneys to serve as GALs.  In addition, she is routinely appointed to serve as GAL by courts throughout metro Atlanta.  The collective experience of the lawyers at Smith & Lake in this area is invaluable for clients whose cases have been assigned a GAL.  We are adept at guiding clients through the GAL process and in crafting the most effective and accurate presentation to GALs for clients.  Our expertise assists clients in obtaining custody and parenting time plans that are in the true best interests of children.