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G. Cleveland Payne III Marietta, GA
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G. Cleveland Payne III

Marietta, Georgia
(770) 424-1400

Mr. Payne has provided legal services to the community since 1977, developing an excellent reputation for attentive representation of his clients.

The firm is a full service law firm, representing and advising clients in the areas of probate and estate administration. The firm offers a professional, while friendly, environment and uses cost effective methods to provide services in a timely, client-oriented manner. Mr. Payne’s approach is to focus on each client’s background, needs, and goals. He and his staff are committed to responding promptly to telephone calls, to reporting on cases regularly, and to minimizing and eliminating risks by informing clients of significant changes in the law. Especially Probate Law matters, Mr. Payne and his staff recognize the severe anxiety and sometimes even trauma which clients experience. They strive to be supportive through this process as well as attentive to the challenging legal tasks.

Mr. Payne possesses high academic credentials, maintains strong community ties and is committed to the pursuit of excellence. Mr. Payne’s education and training in Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy, as well as his work with juvenile offenders and offender counseling, uniquely equip him for practice in dealing with and assisting individuals and families in the area of probate. This background provides him with skills of listening and understanding which complement his legal knowledge and expertise. Having experienced divorce himself, Mr. Payne has gained additional understanding and empathy for clients. He has been trained to communicate effectively and operates with the strictest and highest personal and professional ethics. The focus and goal of Mr. Payne’s practice is to provide individualized services to each client. As a solo firm, the staff and Mr. Payne are easily accessible and available to each client. Having been in the practice of law since 1977, Mr. Payne has learned the importance of personal attention and a prompt response to clients.

Mr. Payne’s dedication to quality, trust, honesty, respect and understanding of the law is the foundation of his long-standing relationships with clients, the legal community and the community at large. Mr. Payne believes that his training in Chaplaincy and the regular practicing of his Christian faith contribute much to his sensitivity and empathy for clients who are going through very difficult times, including the loss of a loved one and caring for a parent or relative who is suffering from dementia or other disease.

Areas of Practice

  • Administration of Estates
  • Probate of Estates
  • Wills
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1977


  • Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia – 1977
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Master of Divinity
  • Samford University
    • Bachelor of Arts

Honors and Awards

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Cobb County Bar Association, 1999
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Cobb County Bar Association, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, Member
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Member, 1984 – Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice-President, 2000 – 2001
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Trustee at Large, 2002 – 2003
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Chaplain, 1988 – 1991
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Elder Law Section, President, 2003 – 2005
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2004 – 2005
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1999 – Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Chaplain, 2000 – 2001
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Member, 2001 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Georgia Division of Youth Services, 1973 – 1975
  • Georgia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to Public Offenders, 1975 – 1977
  • Payne, Stokes & Payne, Partner, 1977 – 1979
  • Hansell, Post, Brandon & Dorsey, Real Estate Division, 1979 – 1980

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cobb County Legal Aid and Cobb Justice Foundation, 1997 – Present
  • Member, East Cobb Optimist Club, 1982 – 1989
  • Vice President – Girls Program, Pope High School Soccer Booster Club, 2000 – 2001
  • President – Boys and Girls Program, Pope High School Soccer Booster Club, 2001 – 2002
  • Volunteer Sports Photographer, Pope High School Soccer Booster Club, 2000 – 2003
  • Board of Directors, Grace Corp, Inc. (Ministry to Children in Haiti), 2004 – 2006
  • Chairman of the Board, Vision Atlanta, Inc. (Ministry to Children in At-Risk Environments), 2005 – 2006

Cleve Payne

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I volunteer at Legal Aid to give back to the community out of being so blessed as an attorney. I would encourage other attorneys to volunteer in taking pro bono cases and in participating in the Probate Clinic. I have been blessed by participating and have even obtained a few clients from volunteering. Additionally, the Legal Aid Staff in Cobb County are wonderful, giving people with whom it is a delight to work. Cleve Payne


G. Cleveland Payne III P.C.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 10 reviews

Beth Talbert

Mr. Payne was a godsend! I recently relocated to Georgia from California where I had been struggling to procure a divorce for quite some time. Upon my first telephone consultation with Mr. Payne, he clearly explained the process that needed to take place, an approximate timeline and the expense involved. He provided every aspect as laid out with the utmost professionalism and courtesy as well as finalizing my divorce ahead of schedule and under budget. I couldn't have asked for him to be any more considerate in guiding me through an emotionally difficult process. Thank you Mr. Payne!!

Sandy Carr

When finding myself in a life changing situation, I wanted a lawyer with good morals and values to represent me. I also wanted to find someone who could represent me without becoming a number in a large law firm. In choosing Mr. Payne I felt I received the time and attention required to move forward in my circumstances with positive results. He and his staff were both professional, knowledgeable, thorough and caring which meant a lot to me while moving through a difficult time. I was continually involved and kept updated throughout the whole legal process.

Dennis Stahl

I have personally known Cleve Payne for many years and can certainly attest to his unmatched attention to detail and the way he is always striving to treating people with the upmost respect and dignity. His professionalism is without exception and above all he always has your best interests at heart. He is a man among men!

Karen Gheesling

Mr. Payne was a great help with probating my parent's will. He was knowledgeable and very kind. He answered any questions that arose and handled the situation in a timely manner. I later returned to him to have my will prepared. I highly recommend Mr. Payne for any legal service.

Susan Carver

Mr Payne was very knowledgeable and helpful, provided valuable advice and guidance, and was compassionate and sensitive to my personal situation.

Eric Olson

I have used Cleve for over five years. He is conscientious, knowledgeable, and thorough. He is people-oriented and cares about his clients both professionally and personally.

Pete Montgomery

Cleve Payne has been our family lawyer for the last 10 yrs and has helped us through several issues during that time. My wife and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest, knowledgeable, and caring attorney.

Kathryn Hill

Mr. Payne is very compassionate and kind. He genuinely cares about people, and works hard for his clients.

Contact Us

248 Roswell St
Marietta, GA, 30060

(770) 424-1400

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM