Nathaniel M. Smith opened a law office in 2009. He was joined by Candace Little in 2014 and by Rachel Brinson in 2020. From their office locations in Decatur and McDonough, they have served over a thousand clients with legal matters occurring all over the State of Georgia. Our team has served clients who live in Georgia, clients who live in other states, and clients who live in other countries having legal matters to resolve in Georgia.
Nathaniel M. Smith
Managing Attorney, McDonough Office
Nathaniel M. Smith is a born again Christian* who regularly attends Henry Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, with his family. This means that while counseling clients, Nathaniel might refer not only to law but also to other considerations such as moral, emotional, and spiritual factors that might be relevant to a client’s situation.**
This also means Nathaniel feels a duty to serve all who need legal services he is able to provide, regardless of economic considerations. We routinely permit the payment of fees in installments according to the ability of clients to pay.
It is office policy to offer discounts on legal services provided to members of Henry Baptist Church. At least ten percent (10%) of the fees paid to Nathaniel will be put to work at Henry Baptist Church, spreading the Gospel and helping those in need as Jesus commanded. Anyone who finds this use of funds unpalatable may be more satisfied, at least in the short term, by seeking legal counsel elsewhere.
Nathaniel graduated in 2006 from Clayton State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, and he graduated in 2009 from Washington and Lee University, earning a Juris Doctor degree.
Nathaniel is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate and Magistrate courts of Georgia.
Nathaniel became a member of the Georgia Bar Association in 2009 and practices in the areas of Probate Law, Family Law, Business Law, Juvenile Law, and other areas of civil and criminal law.
Candace Cliatt Little
Managing Attorney, Decatur Office
Candace Cliatt Little practices in the area of civil litigation. Since her admission to the Georgia Bar Association in 2014, she has successfully represented numerous individuals in divorces and other family law matters, as well as trademark law, juvenile law, and personal injury matters.
Candace received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. During law school, Candace received several notable internships and assisted one of her professors with researching for and drafting an amicus brief for a recent Supreme Court case.
Candace received her undergraduate degree in English, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and enjoys serving as a youth leader at Victory World Church during her spare time.
Rachel L. Brinson
Associate Attorney, McDonough
Admitted to the Georgia Bar Association in 2019, Rachel Brinson joined our team in 2020 and has already resolved several cases with success in and out of court. She handles divorce and other domestic cases, as well as other civil matters.
Lakin Boyd was born in Tennessee, raised in Florida, and will always call Tennessee home.
Lakin earned her A.A. at Florida State College, her B.A. in Exceptional Student Education at the University of West Florida with a minor in English, and completed a Paralegal Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program at Liberty University.
In addition to being a part of our team, Lakin is a full time military wife and a mother of two boys and one girl. Her loves, in addition to her family, include Jesus, coffee, and reading.
Amanda Scardasis was born in Wurzburg, Germany. She was raised in McDonough, Georgia, where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and where she attends St. James the Apostle Catholic Church.
Amanda earned her A.A. in Business at Gordon State College and her Paralegal Studies Diploma from Bainbridge State College.
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*1 Peter 1:23 states: “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” John 3:3 states in part: “Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'”
**Comment 2 to Rule 2.1 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct states: “In rendering advice, a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social and political factors that may be relevant to the client’s situation. Advice couched in narrowly legal terms may be of little value to a client, especially where practical considerations, such as cost or effects on other people, are predominant. Purely technical legal advice, therefore, can sometimes be inadequate. It is proper for a lawyer to refer to relevant moral and ethical considerations in giving advice.”