Successes

Since the Law Office of Nathaniel M. Smith, LLC opened in 2009, later to become Smith & Little, P.C. in 2021, we have been honored to serve over a thousand clients in over fifteen counties in Georgia.

Here are a few examples of our many successes:

Divorce and Family Law

  • Henry County custody dispute, 2020:  When a client’s ex-wife wanted to move with the client’s children to Florida, Nathaniel M. Smith argued in court that it would not be best for the children to be separated from their father and live primarily with their mother, and the Judge found that it would be best for the children to remain in Georgia with their father if their mother moved to Florida.
  • Henry County contempt action, 2020:  Nathaniel M. Smith’s client’s ex-husband petitioned the Court to find Nathaniel M. Smith’s client to be in contempt of court, asking the court to order Nathaniel M. Smith’s client to pay her ex-husband tens of thousands of dollars.  After a hearing, the Court decided Nathaniel M. Smith’s client was not in contempt of court and she was not ordered to pay anything to her ex-husband.
  • Coweta County divorce, 2017:  Nathaniel M. Smith’s client was awarded primary custody of the children and also alimony, in addition to an equitable share of the marital property.
  • Henry County custody modification action, 2016:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully defended against a mother’s attempt to take custody away from a father.
  • Clayton County TPO case in 2016:  Candace Little defended a client against a domestic violence TPO petition our client’s husband filed against her, successfully arguing for the TPO petition to be denied and the ex parte order to be dismissed.
  • Newton County, 2016:  Candace Cliatt negotiated an alimony award for our client in a divorce action.
  • Pike County, 2016:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued for the severe restriction of a father’s visitation with the child in our client’s custody, where the father had demonstrated behavior consistent with drug abuse but denied the allegations.
  • Clayton County, 2016:  Candace Cliatt defended a client against a paternity suit where the father sought custody of our client’s child, and primary custody was awarded to our client.
  • Henry County Superior Court TPO cases in 2015:  Nathaniel M. Smith defended a client against a TPO (temporary protective order) filed by the mother of our client’s child, and the TPO was dismissed.  Nathaniel represented another client against her ex-husband in another TPO action and the ex-husband’s visitation was suspended.  Nathaniel represented another client against the father of her grandchildren in another TPO action and a TPO issued as the client desired.
  • Henry County Superior Court divorce case, 2015:  After a day-long trial, Nathaniel M. Smith’s client was awarded the custody she wanted, and a substantial amount of alimony and property because of her spouse’s use of marital assets to support his extra-marital affairs.
  • Clayton County Superior Court divorce case, 2013:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued at trial that his client should get the marital residence and the four other real estate properties accumulated during the marriage, and all five of those properties were awarded as he requested. No real estate was awarded to the other party.
  • Henry County Superior Court cases filed in 2013 and 2014:  Nathaniel M. Smith helped ensure visitation was supervised and, in a case where a child suffered harm, succeeded in having the offending parent’s visitation stopped entirely.
  • Spalding County Superior Court case filed in 2012:  Where the mother of the parties’ minor children showed signs of drug use, Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued for the father that the mother’s visitation be supervised until clean drug screens were provided to ensure the safety of the children.
  • Henry County Superior Court case filed in 2012:  Nathaniel M. Smith helped in a modification case that resulted in the father of the children losing his rights to visitation and changed the last names of the children to their mother’s last name.
  • Clayton County Superior Court case filed in 2011:  In a divorce action with no minor children, Nathaniel M. Smith successfully represented the Husband, who was awarded all of the property that he asked for at trial.

Probate Court

  • Clayton County probate matter, 2016:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued in court for our client being named as guardian over her aged father over the objections of our client’s sister.
  • Henry County Probate Court and Superior Court cases filed in 2014:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully defendant a client against accusations brought by siblings regarding the estate of their mother.
  • Butts County Probate Court case:  Nathaniel M. Smith helped negotiate a settlement between siblings who were fiercely opposed to each other regarding the probate of their brother’s estate.
  • Henry, Clayton, and Fulton County Probate Court cases filed in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015:  Nathaniel M. Smith helped numerous clients regarding guardianship being established, guardianship being terminated, wills being probated, and the transfer of real estate and other property out of the name of recently deceased loved ones and into the names of the heirs.

Business Litigation

  • Henry County State Court case filed in 2012:  Where a business dispute arose between the owner of a truck and trailer and the wrecking company that towed the truck and trailer over the amount owed for the towing and towing-related charges, Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued that the Plaintiff was not entitled to the amount they sought, and after trial the Defendant was ordered to pay less than 25% of the amount the Plaintiff had been demanding.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Henry County Superior Court case filed in 2012:  Where the Plaintiff sued his neighbors for thousands of dollars over a fence allegedly crossing the property line, Nathaniel M. Smith defended the neighbors in court and the Plaintiff was not awarded any monetary damages against our client.

Other Litigation

  • In 2020, Rachel Brinson successfully negotiated the dismissal of a Newton County code violation brought against her client.
  • In Henry County State Court in 2017, Nathaniel Smith successfully defended a small business owner from a lawsuit brought by a big insurance company over the theft of a vehicle from the business premises.
  • In Henry County State Court in 2016, Nathaniel Smith successfully defended a woman being sued by a bank over the second mortgage on her ex-husband’s home, bringing the ex-husband into the case and arguing that the ex-husband must be liable and hold the ex-wife harmless pursuant to the settlement agreement from their divorce.
  • Henry County and Clayton County Magistrate Court cases over several years:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued on behalf of landlords for some evictions (dispossessory actions) to occur, and on behalf of tenants for other eviction actions to be denied.
  • Superior Court of Pike County case filed in 2012:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully represented the Defendant against the Plaintiff’s claim for thousands in damages that occurred in a fire; the Plaintiff eventually dropped their case entirely without collecting any sums from the Defendant.

Criminal Defense

  • In 2020, Nathaniel Smith helped a client secure the recall of an arrest warrant issued against the client in connection with a Henry County State Court misdemeanor case.
  • Henry County State Court case filed in 2012:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully presented the defendant’s case and argued for the defendant’s innocence to a jury, who found the defendant not guilty of every charge brought against the defendant in that case.
  • Henry County State Court case filed in 2010:  Nathaniel M. Smith successfully argued against the revocation of the defendant’s probation; the judge allowed the defendant to continue on probation with first offender status intact, with no jail time to be served.

Of course, each case is different and has its own facts, and the outcome is not identical in every case.  Past performance is not always a guarantee of future outcomes.  Names and case numbers have been removed to help meet potential privacy desires of former clients.