Robert T. Prior
ROBERT T. (Bob) PRIOR, J.D., LL.M, is the founding partner of Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire. His practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, business planning and taxation.
Bob was born and raised in Madison, Georgia and graduated from Morgan County High School and the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Bob followed a long family tradition and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent 11 years on active duty as a Marine infantry officer and later as Judge Advocate General.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1997, Bob returned to Georgia and for the past twenty years has been in private practice. He specializes in estate and trust planning and administration, elder law, and business planning with an emphasis on taxation. Bob takes a unique approach to dealing with his clients and spends time getting to know them and their families on both a professional and personal level. He educates them on the estate planning process and carefully advises them regarding the decisions they need to make to have an effective plan. He uses his education, expertise, and years of experience to ensure that each client and their families have the best possible customized estate plan to meet their needs and objectives.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Academy. He graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Mercer University and summa cum laude with a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Alabama. Bob is a member of WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel, organizations that provide support specifically to Estate Planning and Elder Law attorneys. He is also an active member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.
Bob has been very involved in his community. He is a Director at the Bank of Madison and Chairman of the Bank’s Asset and Liability Committee. He served on the Morgan County Board of Education, the Downtown Development Authority for Madison, Madison Chamber of Commerce, as a Deacon in his church, and as a Director of the Highland Hills Retirement Village.
Bob’s main office is located in Watkinsville, just off the Oconee Connector. To better serve his clients, he has satellite offices in Madison and Lake Oconee.
Bob’s hobbies include sports, reading, fishing, and music. He is married to Mary Ann (née Cunningham), his high school sweetheart, and they have four adult children and one grandchild.
“Several years ago, my husband, Dr. David Goodchild, and I scheduled a consultation with Bob to discuss our wills. As so often happens, we had put it off for far too long. Along with our old wills, we brought a list of our concerns and questions to the meeting. Bob was extremely patient and thorough answering our questions and addressing our concerns. He recommended, and we established, a revocable living trust based plan. The plan provided estate tax protection and at Bob’s prompting, thoughtful trust planning after our deaths.
Shortly after our meeting, David was hospitalized. Bob’s help was invaluable during this time. He and his staff worked tirelessly and in record time to transfer title of all of our assets to our revocable trusts. He made himself accessible and advised us on health care directives, powers of attorney, and other legal matters at a time when we needed it most.
When David passed away (approximately one year later), Bob was a sensitive and reassuring influence for me during this very emotional time. Due to the plan Bob had prepared, the administration of David’s estate was greatly simplified and no probate was necessary. Bob took care of all of the details and the administration was completed in less than four months. I highly recommend him to other families in need of an estate plan or probate. “ — Judy Goodchild, Madison, GA
“Bob Prior is commonly known as the “go-to” lawyer for all legal issues related to estate planning, estate and gift tax, and probate matters. Knowing my clients are well cared for is of the utmost concern for me. Many of my clients have benefited from Bob’s personal and thorough approach to estate planning and his friendly demeanor. No matter the size of your estate, if you need a will, trust, or probate the best move you can make will be to contact Bob’s office.” — Dean Grant, Founder and Managing Partner, The M Financial Group, Milledgeville, Georgia
Prior, Daniel, & Wiltshire is very pleased to report that partner Robert “Bob” Prior was specifically commended in connection with his donation of the construction lot and his outstanding legal service to Madison and Morgan County during the “Home Sweet Hero” week of the hit television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
This project featured the construction of a great new home for the Rucker Family.