Margaret Ward Scott

Margaret Ward Scott

Alston & Bird LLP

Recognized since 2018

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Trusts and Estates
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Margaret W. Scott concentrates her practice on estate planning, fiduciary and tax litigation, estate settlement, trust administration, charitable planning, charitable solicitation law and exempt organizations.

Margaret is a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. She is the past chair of the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is the Secretary of of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is the President of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.

She serves as the secretary of the Charles Loridans Foundation and the secretary/treasurer of the Vasser Woolley Foundation. She serves on the Emory University Board of Visitors and the Chastain Park Conservancy board. Margaret founded Alston & Bird’s Wills Program for emergency services personnel and indigent Atlantans and annually provides wills trainings for volunteer attorneys. She has been selected to the Georgia Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers magazine three times and has recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating

Margaret earned her B.A. from Duke University in 1996 and her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2003. Before law school, Margaret worked as a speech writer and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

  • One Atlantic Center
    1201 West Peachtree Street, Suite 4900
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
  • Duke University, B.A., graduated 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, Georgia
  • Alston & Bird Pro Bono Committee - Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow
  • Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section - Member
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council - Board of Directors
  • CFA Institute - Claritas® Investment Certificate Recipient
  • Chastain Park Conservancy - Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section - Executive Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia Nonprofit Law Section - Past Chair

Alston & Bird LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

224 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Trusts and Estates
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Trusts and Estates, Atlanta (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Trusts and Estates
Special Focus:
  • COVID-19

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