While growing up as the oldest child of nine, I would often complain to my stepfather about the fact that things around me were not happening fairly. His response was always the same: a "fair" is where you ride carnival rides, and life isn’t fair. But that answer never satisfied me. So, at the age of 16, I made a lifelong commitment to making sure things are done fairly. That was the beginning.
Hi, I’m Mandy Moyer, and this is the story about how I got started helping people through the legal processes surrounding the death or disability of a loved one. I know that these situations are some of the most difficult times in our lives. If you’re reading this and are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and in shock over the responsibility resting on your shoulders, know this: I’ve been there, I’ve helped many other people through it, and I’m here to help you through it, too.
In the beginning, I focused on helping individuals and businesses plan for the future, and life’s inevitable events. After several years doing estate planning, though, I noticed something. Planning, while important, was something people could put off. Other situations, like a death in the family or Mom’s dementia diagnosis, required immediate action. It soon became clear – the "problem solver" in me (a required character trait when you are the oldest of nine!) realized that I wanted to be the one helping those families in their time of need.
So, I took a new job handling cases where a loved one had died, or a parent or grandparent’s illness had progressed to the point that action must be taken. I had a strong desire to help them. I had a ton of ideas about how to best serve my clients, how to advance their cases, and how to achieve their objectives. The firm had the traditional "one-size-fits-all" outlook on law practice, and frankly, "we’ve always done it this way" has never been enough for me. But the final straw was an unexpected event - the death of my grandfather. It was the first time I ever personally experienced the unexpected loss of a family member, and it hit me hard. My grief affected my work, and I felt overwhelmedtrying to help my grandmother navigate the mess that’s left behind when a loved one passes away unexpectedly. I now fully understood my clients’ complaints about the seemingly endless paperwork, the many legal complexities, and the burden of estate administration and estate settlement. My time at the firm soon came to a close, and I was so disheartened that I actually left private practice.
I spent the next several years serving as the staff attorney and chief deputy clerk for the Forsyth County Probate Court. Over time, I learned precisely how to navigate the probate process. Processes became clear. The complex procedural and legal issues involved in estate and guardianship cases became became routine to me, and the maze became a path that I now know like the back of my hand. I took all available opportunities to learn about case strategy, litigation tactics, and creative solutions.
So, I got to work on my vision. The result of that process is Georgia Probate Lawyers Moyer, LLC, a law firm dedicated to providing responsive and compassionate representation to families dealing with the death or disability of a loved one. It’d would be my privilege to assist you and your family through this difficult time.