Carl S. Free
A White County native, Carl completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key National Honorary Societies. He obtained his law degree from the University of Alabama, where he was Chairperson of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, Associate Editor of the Law and Psychology Review, and a member of Bench and Bar Honor Society.
Carl began his legal career as an enforcement attorney with the Office of the State Insurance Commissioner before opening a private practice in Cleveland in December 1995. Carl has proudly served as Chairman of the White County Chamber of Commerce, President of the White County Rotary Club, President of the White County United Way, Chairperson for the Real Property Committee of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery; and as board member, officer, and as pro bono counsel for numerous other civic and community organizations. Carl and his wife Cindy, as well as his daughters Aubrey and Molly, reside in Cleveland.
Carl's areas of practice include all components of Commercial and Residential Real Estate, including contract preparation, closing and settlement of purchases and refinances, the preparation of leases, and other landlord/tenant documents. He also serves as a Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges. In the realm of Estate Planning and Probate, his practice includes the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and related ancillary documents. In addition, he provides Estate representation in the probabte of wills and the administration of intestate estates.
For Business Law, his practice includes the preparation of contracts, buy-sell agreements, business succession plans, as well as documents for the formation of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships
Admitted to the Bar in 1997, Chris assists clients in a variety of areas, including business and civil litigation, serious personal injury litigation, family law, and construction litigation. He is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Georgia. Although he primarily handles cases in Georgia, through his contacts with experienced attorneys in other jurisdictions, Chris has assisted clients in wrongful death and product liability cases outside of the state.
Chris was born and raised in Georgia and received his undergraduate degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia. He then obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia's School of Law, where he had the honor of graduating cum laude and serving on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review. Chris, his wife Shelia and their children, Cody, McKinley and Mirriam, reside in Cleveland.
Chris' practice handles cases of Personal Injury, including automobile collisions, trucking collisions, wrongful death actions, medical malpractice, defective products injuries, and premises liability. In Civil Litigation, his practice includes business disputes and contract enforcement, collections of accounts, construction disputes, as well as real property foreclosures. His practice also handles Family Law/Divorce Litigation, including property division, alimony, child support, and contempt.