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A. Diane Baker

Partner

Diane Baker is a partner in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, trust and estate administration and business practice areas. She has more than 30 years’ experience as an estate planning and business law attorney. Diane works with families to develop personalized wills and estate plans and also guides clients through the complexities of probate and the challenges of will contests and estate disputes. In addition, Diane practices business law including corporate law, incorporation, corporate minutes, limited liability companies (LLCs), new business formation, contracts and general business law matters.

Prior to joining MendenFreiman in 2017, Diane had her own law firm, Baker Law Group, for more than 15 years before joining Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess, PC. She began her legal career at Hansell & Post (now Jones Day) and then served as senior counsel for NationsBank (now Bank of America). During the 1990s, after leaving the bank, Diane and her late husband established and managed a startup software company, an experience that provided her with invaluable insight into the challenges faced by family business owners.

Diane is active in the community and is a frequent speaker at estate and financial planning seminars. She has served as president of the Oglethorpe University Alumni Association and as a trustee of the university and currently sits on the president’s advisory council.

“I enjoy listening to my clients to learn what’s important to them, and designing legal strategies to meet their goals, while making the legal process understandable.”

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1980
  • Oglethorpe University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Representative Matters

  • Structured and established a trust to hold personal residence property for ultra-high-net-worth clients, providing privacy to the family.

  • Negotiated successful settlement of a contested estate involving a will signed prior to divorce, removing an estranged family member as co-executor and gaining control of all estate assets for the client.

  • Structured and established an LLC to hold a vacation home, providing a framework to hold and manage a family legacy property for multiple generations.

  • Structured and implemented an estate planning transfer strategy, transferring ownership interests in a closely held business to an irrevocable trust, removing the value of those business interests from the client’s estate.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, member
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council, member
  • Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, past president
  • Elder Care Matters, member

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Lawyers of Distinction – 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer – 2017-2018
  • AV Preeminent
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