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 Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister Dailey & Smith, LLP

To Speak To An Attorney Call Us (770) 999-9386

Putnam C. Smith, Esq.


Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister Dailey & Smith, LLP

Putnam Smith is a senior partner in Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, a boutique law firm providing sophisticated services to investors, professionals, close business owners and real estate owners and developers, with an emphasis on creating value for our clients.  Founded in 1970, the firm is based in Cumming, Georgia and consults with clients across the State and in other jurisdictions both in the United States and abroad, working with local counsel.

Putnam brings clients a broad range of experience in business, tax, real estate, estate and trust planning and administration.  He is a leader in the firm’s closely held business, real estate and trusts and estates practices.

Putnam provides advice and counsel in mergers and acquisitions involving stock, corporate assets, real estate and other assets, tax, estate and business planning for owners of closely-held businesses and higher net worth individuals, and tailored services in estate conservation and administration for every member of the community.

At Lipscomb Johnson, we work together to emphasize quality, service and value, providing partner-level attention to each assignment.

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Our Practice Areas

Business Law

Because closely-held businesses need to be particularly effective in managing their resources, many owners want to develop relationships with individual professionals who have multifaceted skills and a willingness to take the time to achieve a real understanding of the business itself and the personal interests and objectives of the owners. To that end, we strive to provide pragmatic advice and technical expertise in the spectrum of legal areas essential to the owner’s success - corporate and partnership law, business tax and tax planning, debt and equity financing, and all aspects of commercial contracts. Our services regularly include:

  • Advising start-ups, including choice of entity decisions (traditional corporation, LLC, partnership and other formats)
  • Negotiating corporate governance provisions and shareholders’ rights and relationships, including buy-sells and other exit strategies
  • Assistance in capital formation
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances from supply and distribution arrangements, product and technology licenses, research and development agreements and investment and investment-related arrangements.
  • Franchising
  • Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, divisions and selected assets
  • Commercial contracts, including product development and distribution arrangements and international transactions

Over the years, we have represented a broad base of companies, large and small, in industries ranging from traditional real estate development, farming and timber management and manufacturing to technology and professional services, including physicians, accountants, architects and engineers.

We see contracts as practical tools for day to day use by executives, corporate development staffs, investment bankers, accountants and other lawyers – anyone involved in business ventures and strategic alliances. They come in an almost infinite number of variations and can be adapted to almost any set of mutually-agreed objectives. Our approach is to seek pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to business challenges and problems, with an eye to the flexibility demanded by an ever-changing economic environment. Read More

Commercial Real Estate

Principals negotiating to purchase or sell real property or a business involving real property need experienced counsel in areas including business and tax planning to structure the transaction, negotiating terms and financing, due diligence and document preparation. Property owners also look for experience in handling matters that arise in the course of ownership, development and operation, from boundary and title disputes to zoning contests.

Attorneys in the Real Estate practice group at Lipscomb Johnson are familiar with the business and legal issues facing property owners and tenants, developers, investors and lenders. Our approach is to seek fast, cost-effective solutions to the problems and opportunities presented, focusing on what is fair and practical, as well as creative legal and problem-solving skills.

We have experience and expertise in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including particular expertise in land use and development, negotiating and financing commercial real estate projects ranging from residential subdivisions to commercial shopping centers and industrial parks, golf courses and resort communities, and tax-deferred like-kind exchanges. We regularly handle land use matters and frequently represent clients before various local governmental bodies and regional planning, transportation and resource management authorities. Examples of our work in real estate matters include:

  • Representing homebuilders in establishing residential subdivisions and resort communities
  • Representing developers in general commercial projects, ranging from shopping centers, office complexes and industrial parks to condominium and mixed-use developments
  • Representing investors and lenders in negotiating, closing, and servicing construction and project loans, including workouts, foreclosures, and confirmation litigation
  • Representing landlords and tenants in commercial lease and sublease transactions involving a variety of retail, office, warehouse and industrial properties
  • Representing landowners in zoning and condemnation proceedings

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Trusts & Estates

Our Trust & Estate lawyers are skilled in planning and administering trusts and estates.

In planning, we work with you to help you make important decisions about who is receive your property when you pass away, how and when they will receive it, and who will act on your behalf when you are unable to do so yourself. In the process, we listen carefully and offer guidance in developing plans that address your unique family situation and tax and non-tax needs.

Probate and estate and trust administration involves the management of property after a family member passes away or is incapacitated by illness, injury or advanced age. Being an Executor or Administrator or a Guardian or Conservator is an important job and can be daunting, especially to someone without prior experience in probate or estate matters. The role is easier to understand if you understand what’s required in order to prepare for and carry out your responsibilities. We can help you do just that, and we have significant experience in the representation of individuals and corporate executors and trustees in trust and estate administration and litigation.

The trust and estate services we offer regularly include

  • Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorneys and medical directives;
  • Planning for individuals with chronic illness or progressive diseases;
  • Life insurance planning;
  • Special needs planning;
  • Prenuptial agreements;
  • Family business planning and family partnerships;
  • Buy-sell agreements;
  • Business succession planning;
  • Estate and income tax planning;
  • Probate administration; and
  • Fiduciary litigation.

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How To Find Us?

Address: 112 North Main Street Cumming, GA 30040

Phone: (770) 999-9386

Monday - Friday (08:30 am - 05:00 pm)
Evening & Weekend (By Appointment Only)

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What To Do Now!

If you are unsure of where to start or are already steps along in the process, contacting Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister Dailey & Smith, LLP, in Cumming, GA, is the next step in ensuring your legal endeavor is not only successful but straightforward. To discuss your current situation, goals, and the steps to take next, call to schedule a consultation and receive the advice of the experts in estate planning and business law. Remember, it is never too early to begin planning your estate, but it can be too late. So don’t hesitate. Call today to schedule your initial consultation!

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