Email: aorkins@smf-law.com

Paralegals
Jamie Leech-Ryal
Email: jryal@smf-law.com

Beth Holitzner
Email: bholitzner@smf-law.com

Anna A. Orkins

After years of practicing law in the areas of wills, trusts, and estates, Anna Adams Orkins joined the firm’s estate planning and probate section in January of 2019. She continues to focus her practice on estate planning and probate, including the preparation of wills and trusts, incapacity planning, probate and administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and real estate issues. Prior to joining Stewart, Melvin & Frost, Anna was an attorney for several years at an estate planning law firm in Roswell, before opening her own estate planning and probate practice.

Professional and Community Recognition

Anna received her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. While attending law school, she was the Real Estate Graduate Research Assistant for Georgia State University Office of Legal Affairs. Anna also served as Associate Editor for Georgia State University Law Review and authored the legislative history of House Bill 397, which is published in Georgia State University Law Review’s Peach Sheets. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, from the University of Georgia. While a student at the University of Georgia, she studied abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she examined conflict resolution.

Anna is a member of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Fiduciary Law section of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law section of the American Bar Association. A native of Dahlonega, she is passionate about her community, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lumpkin Literacy.

Anna Orkins | In The News

How an Attorney Preps a Client for a Deposition

An attorney will meet with the client before the deposition to go over what we just discussed. The attorney will stress to the client to be completely honest with them and their staff about any bad things that might come out in the deposition. Anything discussed with...

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In Remembrance of John Melvin

John Marshall Melvin, a well-respected attorney and name partner with Stewart Melvin & Frost, passed away on June 9, 2019. Mr. Melvin retired in 2009 after a distinguished career in real estate law that spanned over 40 years. His law career was just one part of...

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Depositions Are a Key Part of Lawsuits

A deposition is a device commonly used in the "discovery" phase of a lawsuit, before trial. All parties in a lawsuit, through their attorneys, have a period of time after a suit is filed in which to discover facts about a case in order to prepare for trial....

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