Practice Areas


The lawyers of Smith, Tumlin, McCurley & Patrick, P.C., provide a variety of legal services to hundreds of clients each year.  The firm is a boutique practice primarily in four general areas – corporate and business, real estate, estate planning and probate, and tax preparation and representation.

Real Estate and Transaction Law

We consider ourselves as “deal makers”, and that is evidenced by closing more than $3 Billion in commercial and real estate transactions.  Whether representing a developer in a multi-million dollar acquisition and development transaction, putting together a complex IRC Section 1031 tax deferred exchange, closing a sophisticated commercial undertaking or handling a residential real estate closing, the same care and attention is given to each real estate matter.  Our lawyers represent lenders, developers, builders, homeowners, landlords and tenants and home buyers in real estate closings, purchases and lease transactions, foreclosures, condemnation proceedings and construction disputes.

Title Examinations and Title Insurance

Our firm includes a full time title attorney, D. Wayne McCurley, who has over 30 years of experience in performing title examinations and providing title opinions for all types of commercial and residential properties in Georgia.  Our firm can also issue title insurance policies and endorsements to lenders and property owners on any type of commercial or residential real estate transaction.

Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate

Our lawyers prepare the most basic wills and the most complex estate plans with the same attention to detail to meet the client’s needs.  Preparation of trusts, guardianships for minors and incapacitated adults and related matters are all handled by the firm, as is the representation of executors and administrators of estates, whether they are large banking institutions or family members.

Corporate and Business

Smith, Tumlin, McCurley & Patrick, P.C. represents hundreds of local businesses, including sole proprietorships, corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and professional corporations (P.C.s).  The firm has handled acquisitions, sales and mergers for both publicly held and private clients.  Much of the corporate and business representation also includes ongoing involvement in diverse areas such as contract preparation and review and labor and employment issues.  The firm has consistently met the full range of our corporate/business clients’ needs.  As a result, the relationships with these clients have been long and productive.  From the formation of small, closely-held corporations to the representation of large publicly owned corporations in sophisticated transactions, the firm’s corporate lawyers consistently deliver quality services.

Tax Preparation and Representation

R. Steve Tumlin, Jr. is not only a tax attorney, but also a certified public accountant, who is able to assist clients, including individuals, businesses, estates and trusts, in the preparation of tax returns.  In addition, he has extensive experience dealing directly and efficiently with agents of the Internal Revenue Service on all tax and estate related issues on behalf of his clients.