Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy to Host Third Annual Event for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy will again host a gathering in support of the Guardian ad Litem Program of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Now in its third year, the event will be held at the family law firm’s offices in the Riverwood 100 Building on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The 2013 event raised $22,450 for the program, nearly tripling the amount raised at the inaugural reception in 2012. In its first two years, the event has now raised approximately $31,000 for the Guardian ad Litem Program, which in 2012 had faced the prospect of discontinuing its services after losing a grant from Fulton County.

“AVLF continues to provide vital and often overlooked services to people in need,” said Jim McGinnis, a partner at Warner Bates and a member of the AVLF Board of Directors. “Our firm is honored to host the Guardian ad Litem fundraising event for the third year in a row.”

The purchase of a $100 ticket at the event may be applied toward a Host Level Ticket for the AVLF’s 23rd Annual Wine Tasting, which will be held November 6, 2014, at the World of Coca-Cola.

AVLF has operated the Guardian ad Litem program in the Fulton County Family Division since 1990. The program provides training for private attorney volunteers to represent Fulton County children from low income households who are the subject of contested custody actions.

Leigh Cummings Discusses Rise in Prenuptial Agreements in Daily Report

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy partner Leigh Cummings provided expert commentary on the rise in prenuptial agreements in the Friday, July 25, edition of the Daily Report (“For More Couples, First Comes Prenup, Then Comes Marriage”).

Ms. Cummings credited the growing trend in prenuptial agreements to financial authors and talk show hosts who “made it OK to talk about money, be smart with money and plan well.” As a result, she said she now sees an increase in the number of clients who want to “know their spouse not just emotionally but financially.”

She added that it is better to start talking about money and prenuptial agreements sooner rather than later. “Not necessarily on your first date, but I think you have that conversation early. Before invitations go out.”

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy Sponsors 28th Season of Georgia Shakespeare

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 28th Season of Georgia Shakespeare.

Performances on the 2014 Georgia Shakespeare calendar include As You Like It; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Frog Prince; and Henry V. More information is available online at www.gashakespeare.org.

In addition to Warner Bates, other major sponsors include The Shubert Foundation, Turner Broadcasting, The Junior League of Atlanta, Charles Loridans Foundation, The Imlay Foundation, Wilhelmina D. and John H. Harland Charitable Foundation, The Pittuloch Foundation, and Oglethorpe University.

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy partner Leigh Cummings speaks at 2014 Family Law Institute’s annual conference

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy partner Leigh Cummings presented to fellow family law attorneys on trends in alimony at the Georgia Family Law Institute’s 32nd annual conference, held May 22-24, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, this year’s event attracted more than 600 lawyers.

The full agenda of the event can be viewed online at: http://www.iclega.org/programs/pdf/familyLaw0514.pdf

Nancy Ingram Jordan Profiled in Daily Report for Her Work in Domestic Appeals

Nancy Ingram Jordan is featured in the May 12, 2014, edition of the Daily Report for her work in appellate family law. Ms. Jordan, who recently joined Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy of counsel, specializes in domestic appeals, a niche that is not often found in traditional family law firms.

The full text of the article can be found here.

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