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John A. Meier, II

Partner

John Meier received degrees in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia in 1978. Having worked as an undergraduate assistant for various professors in the Agricultural Economics Department, after graduating John was employed by the University of Georgia as an Economic Research Assistant. While working with families and businesses across the State, John observed the devastating effect that failing to make appropriate plans can have on families. To be able to help others, John enrolled in Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1985. John began his legal career in his home town of Albany, Georgia where he began to focus his practice in comprehensive estate planning, Wills and Trusts, and probate and trust administration. After ten year of practice, John became a Vice President with Security Bank and Trust Company in Albany, Georgia and a Trust Officer for Synovus Trust Company. While with Synovus, John continued to concentrate his efforts to assist individuals and their families with their estate planning and their probate and trust administration needs.

During this time, John became a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, which is a nationally recognized certification, distinguishing him among his peers. John returned to private practice in 2006 and moved with his family to Cherokee County, Georgia where he is a senior partner in the law firm of Thompson, Meier & King, PC heading the firm’s Estate Planning Division and continuing in his efforts to assist individuals and families with their long term care, estate planning, probate and trust administration needs.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Meier has represented clients in many areas of the law for over 25 years. Currently, Mr. Meier handles matters primarily within the following practice areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Elder Law and Long Term Care Planning

Bar Admissions

  • State of Georgia 1985
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia 1986

Activities

  • Recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s magazine Legal Elite/The Best Lawyers in Georgia in the category of Estate Planning
  • Recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager, one of the Top Wealth Managers in the area of Estate Planning by Atlanta magazine
  • Assistant Magistrate Court Judge, Cherokee County, 2012 to present
  • Former Board Member and Past President of the Easter Seal Society of Southwest Georgia
  • Former Board Member to the State of Georgia Easter Seal Society
  • Former Delegate to the National Easter Society
  • Past Treasurer for the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
  • Past Member and President of the Board of Directors of River House, Inc.
  • Past Member of the Board of Director for Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Past Member and President of the Board of Directors of Saint Teresa’s Catholic School
  • Past Member of the Advisory Board for Synovus Mortgage Corporation
  • Past Member of the Albany Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Canton

Associations

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Blue Ridge Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia

Personal

Outside of work, Mr. Meier is an active member of the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is often found on a lake or in river fishing or working to improve trout habitat. He is married to Lacy Bacon Meier and they have two daughters, Ashley Meier, who is a senior at Valdosta State University, and Mariel MeierNelson, lives with her husband near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he is stationed as a member of the United States Marines.