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Kristen M. Lewis

Attorney, Tax Practice, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

She has extensive experience in estate planning and wealth protection, “Special Needs Trusts,” estate administration, guardianships, fiduciary matters, trusts for pets, and charitable giving techniques.

Ms. Lewis is a nationally recognized expert on Special Needs Trust planning for persons challenged by disabilities, and is a frequent speaker and author on this topic. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and an active member of the Special Needs Alliance, where she serves as Co-Editor of that organization’s monthly e-newsletter, The Voice. She is also a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association Elder Law Section, the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, and the Georgia Planned Giving Council. She is a former Co-Chair of the Long-Term Care, Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts Committee of the Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA.

Ms. Lewis received her B.A. degree in French and political science, with highest honors, from Wellesley College in 1981. She earned her J.D. degree from Cornell Law School in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Georgia. Since 2012, Ms. Lewis has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate. Additionally, since 2013 she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Trusts and Estates.

Ms. Lewis currently serves on the Boards of All About Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Community Support & Solutions, and the Center for the Visually Impaired, which serve persons with disabilities and their families. She also is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. and a former Trustee of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. She serves as a volunteer trainer for Canine Assistants, which raises and trains certified service dogs for recipients with disabilities. She is an active member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, has served as an annulment Case Sponsor with the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and is a member of the Serra Club of Atlanta, which supports religious vocations.

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