A native of Georgia, Sam Roberson focuses his practice on estate planning and probate administration, while also helping clients with real estate matters and general corporate representation.
Sam’s focus on estate planning was driven by personal experience. “I lost my dad when I was a teenager. He passed away without any end of life documents, and my brother and I received whatever small amount we would receive under the law,” he says. “We had no idea until we were much older that there could have been a better plan out there. But at that point, it was too late.”
Sam often shares this story with clients as he helps them develop a strategy to protect their own families and their legacies. He stresses the point that estate plans don’t always need to be complicated, but they should be tailored to a person’s needs. “That is why we encourage people to not just rely on forms that they get off the internet,” he says. “One, you don’t know if that is going to fit your exact scenario, and two, you do not know if it is going to be properly executed.”
As a savvy estate planning lawyer, Sam employs a range of tools to help his clients plan for their families’ future. He frequently helps clients establish and fund trusts, write last wills and testaments, establish health care directives, and set up powers of attorney. For families who have lost loved ones and are facing the complex probate process, Sam and his team help ease the burden by managing estate administration.
Sam enjoys the personal connections he makes with families through the estate planning process. “The most satisfying aspect of being an estate planning attorney is sitting down and getting to understand the clients and their families,” he says. “Every family is different, so you have to understand each one and find out what the family’s long-term goals are. I ask them to tell me about the family ─ who the members are, what big concerns they have, whether there is anybody with special needs, and so on. I get to learn about the lives of these families, and I help them in a way that takes this burden off them. My clients have taught me that we live in a diverse world, no two families are the same, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.”
Sam received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2009. He graduated with his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2012. During law school, Sam worked as a summer associate in the Real Estate and Finance Group at a large Atlanta law firm and served as a law clerk at a Monroe firm. After graduating, he rejoined the Atlanta firm as an attorney focused on real estate and corporate law. He later returned to the Monroe firm as an attorney concentrating in contract drafting and review, government law, and real estate. Sam joined Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, in 2020.
Sam lives on a horse farm with his wife and three daughters. He holds a first-degree black belt in karate and enjoys mountain biking and reading.