Attorney Profile:

Bradley R. Coppedge

Bradley R. Coppedge: Attorney with Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

Biography

Brad Coppedge's practice is devoted to business, tax and personal planning. He focuses on entity selection, formation and operation; estate planning, estate administration and probate; and tax matters and controversies.
He is Chair of HBS' Corporate and Partnership group and its Tax Practice group. He also has a niche practice devoted to firearms trusts and gun ownership matters. A native of Columbus, Mr. Coppedge has a strong commitment to the community and his many clients.
Mr. Coppedge received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Mercer University in 1993, his J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1996, and his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997. He has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1996, and the Alabama bar since 1998. Mr. Coppedge is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association.
Before joining Hall Booth Smith's Columbus office, Mr. Coppedge practiced at Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis and Rothschild, LLP for 18 years, becoming a partner in 2002. He joined HBS in 2016.
Based on his education and LL.M. in Taxation, Mr. Coppedge serves as chair of the firm's Corporate and Partnership practice group. In the areas of entity selection, formation and operation, he represents numerous small businesses, helps clients create new start-up businesses (LLCs, c-corporations, s-corporations and partnerships) and also represents many physician groups. He advises these clients on the best form of entity from a tax, liability and operational standpoint; entity formation or incorporation; and continued representation on matters such as employment agreements, buy-sell agreements, contracts, leases, retirement plans and other business operation matters. He regularly represents buyers and sellers of businesses in connection with an asset or stock purchase agreement, and other corporate transactions.
Mr. Coppedge dedicates much of his practice to estate planning and estate administration. He provides estate and tax-planning advice for individuals and families. This work includes the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, life insurance trusts, family partnerships, and gifting and transfer documents. He also advises clients on various charitable planning techniques, such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and private foundations.
For his estate planning clients, Mr. Coppedge also regularly drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. He represents both individual and corporate trustees in fiduciary matters, including changes in trustees, trust terminations and similar matters. He works with clients to create Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), both for self-settled and third party donor created trusts, in Medicaid planning and in planning for beneficiaries with disabilities.
Mr. Coppedge maintains an active probate and estate administration practice, which includes representing clients in the probate of wills, estate administration and year's support proceedings. He works with families and individuals who need a guardian of the person or conservator of the property for adults, minors, and individuals with disabilities or special needs.
He also serves as Chair of the firm's Tax practice group. He regularly represents both entity and individual clients in controversies with the IRS and the State Department of Revenue, including resolution procedures such as offers in compromise, innocent spouse filings and installment agreements.
Additionally, Mr. Coppedge has a niche practice committed to helping clients with NFA Gun Trusts, also referred to as a Class 3 Trust or a Firearms Trust, which are utilized to legally purchase and own, and facilitate the subsequent transfer of, Title II Firearms such as suppressors and SBRs sold by Class 3 dealers.
Mr. Coppedge has written numerous articles in local, state and national publications. He speaks at both local and regional events sponsored by private and public organizations on the topics of estate planning and choice of entity. Mr. Coppedge is AV-rated by martindale.com, with a 4.9/5.0 Peer and 5.0/5.0 Client rating. He also has an AVVO rating of a perfect 10.0.

Publications

Georgia Bar Journal, “LLP or LLLP? Creating Limited Liability For a General Partnership,” by Bradley R. Coppedge and W. Fray McCormick (August, 1998)
Georgia Bar Journal, “Choice of Entity in Estate Planning” (December, 2000)
Estate Tax Planning Advisor, “Choice of Entity Impacts Estate Planning,” by Bradley R. Coppedge & Morton A. Harris, Aspen Publishers (January, 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1)
Probate & Property Magazine, “LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary” (January/February, 2005)
ALI-ABA Program Materials, Representing Professional and Closely Held Businesses: Qualified Plans, Welfare Benefits, and Tax Planning, Scottsdale, AZ (February 17-19, 2005)
“LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary,” originally published in Probate & Property Magazine(January/February, 2005)
GP Solo Magazine, “LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary,” Best Articles (September, 2005, Volume 22, No. 6)
The Practical Lawyer, “Circular 230: Why, What, When and How?” (February, 2006, Volume 52, Number 1)
Probate & Property Magazine, “Transfers to Trust and Use of UTMA Custodial Accounts” (May/June, 2009)
“Estate Planning & Probate Overview for the Georgia and Alabama Non-Lawyer: Just the Basics Please!” copyright 2009, Bradley R. Coppedge

Presentations

“Home Sweet Home: How the '97 Tax Act Affects the Sale of a Principal Residence,” Georgia ICLE program (1998)
Asset Protection in Georgia, Lorman Education Series, Albany, Georgia, “S Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies” (December 14, 2005)
51st Annual Estate Planning Institute, Athens, Georgia, February, 2006, “Choice of Entity in Estate and Business Planning”
2007 Real Property Law Institute, Destin, Florida, “Choice of Entity” (May 4-5, 2007)
“Hot Legal & Employment Topics for The Small Business Owner,” Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce (March, 2010 & August, 2011)
GA Society of CPAs Annual Estate Planning Conference, “Choice of Entity in Business & Estate Planning,” (July, 2011)
Basic Fiduciary Law 201, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Choice of Entity in Estate Planning, Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2017
Wills and Estate Planning, Midtown Medical Center (Columbus, GA), Employee Lunch & Learn, March 30, 2017

Awards

Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2005 - 2011

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Avvo Clients' Choice Award

Book

“Estate Planning & Probate Overview for the Georgia and Alabama Non-Lawyer: Just the Basics Please!” copyright 2009, Bradley R. Coppedge, republished 2015, 2016

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Corporate & Partnership
  • Tax
  • Transactional
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Mercer University, B.B.A., Accounting, 1993
Law School Attended:
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., Business, Tax, Corporate, Estate Planning, 1996; University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1997
Year of First admission:
1996
Admission:
1996, Georgia; 1998, Alabama; 2004, U.S. Tax Court
Memberships:

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia - Fiduciary Law and Taxation Law Sections
Alabama State Bar
Columbus Bar Association
St. Paul United Methodist Church (Member); Finance Committee 2012-2015
Uptown Columbus, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2008-2010)
Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce-Business Development & Networking Committee (Chair, 2010 - 2013)
Georgia Federal Tax Conference (Trustee 2014 - )

Birth Information:
Columbus, Georgia, March 9, 1971
ISLN:
912151937

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 20 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a General Counsel on 03/18/12 in Commercial Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 12/02/11 in General Practice

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/02/11 in General Practice

    I have worked with Brad on several guardianship and probate matters. He always done an excellent job for his clients and behave courteously and professionally toward the... Read more

    I have worked with Brad on several guardianship and probate matters. He always done an excellent job for his clients and behave courteously and professionally toward the court and other attorneys.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/01/11 in Estate Planning

    Brad is an excellent attorney who is highly regarded by his peers. Read more

    Brad is an excellent attorney who is highly regarded by his peers.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 11/28/11 in Corporate Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 11/21/11 in Trusts and Estates

    Brad Coppedge is not only an excellent lawyer of the highest ethical standards, but is blessed, as well, with solid common-sense judgment, and a devotion / commitment to... Read more

    Brad Coppedge is not only an excellent lawyer of the highest ethical standards, but is blessed, as well, with solid common-sense judgment, and a devotion / commitment to advancing the cause of his client. His devotion to his clients' positions, however, does not cause him to lose his objectivity, or to take postions for his clients which are not not supportable, or which have little chance of being accepted by other interested parties. He is a very able and fair-minded communicator.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate/Assistant General Counsel on 11/21/11 in Trusts and Estates

    I have found Mr. Coppedge to be an excellent resource in the T&E area. He is well versed in a variety of situations and provides practical and useful feedback and option... Read more

    I have found Mr. Coppedge to be an excellent resource in the T&E area. He is well versed in a variety of situations and provides practical and useful feedback and options on a variety of issues. He is motivated to resolve issues, rather than expand them to make a situation more difficult.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/19/11 in Trusts and Estates

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/19/11 in Business Estate Planning

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/19/11 in Tax Law

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    Excellent - recommend without reservation.

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  • 5.0/5.0 8 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/21/16

    Brad was wonderful to work with from start to finish. I was very confused and uncertain as to how everything should be handled. He explained things clearly and set my min... Read more

    Brad was wonderful to work with from start to finish. I was very confused and uncertain as to how everything should be handled. He explained things clearly and set my mind at ease. He is very extremely knowledgeable, personable as well as responsive. Again, he was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 12/10/14

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    Very personable and compassionate.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 09/18/14

    Very effective in advising on the appropriate steps involved in business formation and the pros and cons of the various types of business entities, taking into considerat... Read more

    Very effective in advising on the appropriate steps involved in business formation and the pros and cons of the various types of business entities, taking into consideration both near term and long term business objectives as well as personal considerations.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 05/21/14

    I own a number of corporations, all varying in the type of business performed. No matter what the legal matter I need assistance with for any of these corporations, Brad... Read more

    I own a number of corporations, all varying in the type of business performed. No matter what the legal matter I need assistance with for any of these corporations, Brad is always the attorney I turn to. His knowledge of tax law, estate planning, wills, contract drafting and negotitation, corporate formation, and buy and selling of companies is unmatched by any attorney I have ever worked with. I cannot recommend him more highly.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 10/26/09

    Brad is extremely capable in all fields above. I have absolute and complete trust in Brad and his advice. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I have never know him to... Read more

    Brad is extremely capable in all fields above. I have absolute and complete trust in Brad and his advice. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I have never know him to be anything but pleasant and professional. He is attentive and interested in my requests. He is also very prompt and extremely reliable. He has proved to be very sharp and invaluable.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 05/08/09

    Brad is professional, thorough and timely. We enjoy working with Brad and appreciate his knowledge and approach. Read more

    Brad is professional, thorough and timely. We enjoy working with Brad and appreciate his knowledge and approach.

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