Attorney Alan F. Rothschild


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Lucia Reed
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Areas of Practice

  • Tax and Estate Planning
  • Charitable Gift Planning
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Business and Taxation

Alan F. Rothschild, Jr.

Alan Rothschild has practiced estate planning, taxation and general business law with Hatcher Stubbs for over 30 years.  In the estate planning area, Alan works with individuals and their advisors to design estate plans that effectively address each family’s unique tax and personal needs.  Much of his work in this area focuses on successful strategies for multi-generational wealth succession planning, including the transition of family businesses and family lands to future generations.

Alan also has extensive experience advising clients on the design and implementation of thoughtful and effective charitable gifts – both while the client is in life, through techniques such as private foundations, donor-advised funds, conservation easements and charitable trusts, and at death, through their wills and testamentary trusts.

A substantial part of Alan’s practice is dedicated to the formation and on-going representation of tax exempt organizations throughout the southeastern United States.  Representative clients include family foundations, community foundations, university-related foundations, and regional non-profits in the areas of social service, cultural arts, education and conservation.  Alan also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches a course in the Masters of Law program on Charitable Giving and Exempt Organizations.

Probate and estate administration also constitute an important part of Alan’s practice.  This includes the representation of individual beneficiaries, executors and trustees, as well as representing corporate fiduciaries in the probate and administration of estates and the ongoing administration of trusts.  Alan also has significant experience resolving tax audits, estate disputes and dealing with the challenges of an aging population, including guardianships, conservatorships, and health-care decision making.

In his general business and tax practice, Alan works closely with other lawyers and paralegals at Hatcher Stubbs in counseling West Georgia and East Alabama businesses and health care organizations on general operational matters, including entity selection, tax compliance, acquisitions and sales, employment and contract matters.

Alan is past Chair of both the State Bar of Georgia’s Fiduciary Law Section and the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.  He presently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning and on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Federal Tax Institute.  Alan has served on numerous community and charitable boards throughout his legal career, including The Greater Columbus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Columbus State University Foundation, Columbus Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, Georgia Humanities Council, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, The Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, and The Walter Allen Richards Foundation.


Admitted to Practice

      • United States Tax Court, 2004


      • The Best Lawyers in America
      • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite
      • Georgia Super Lawyers
      • State Bar of Georgia William B. Spann, Jr. Award for Pro Bono Legal Service
      • State Bar of Georgia Verner F. Chaffin Career Service Award, Fiduciary Law Section
      • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Trusts and Estates

Memberships, Affiliations and Activities

      • American Bar Association – Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law (Chair, 2010-2011)
      • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
      • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
      • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
      • State Bar of Georgia – Fiduciary Law Section (Chair, 2006-2007)
      • Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation
      • Columbus Inn of Court
      • Columbus Bar Association, Inc. (President, 1999-2000)
      • National Association of College and University Attorneys
      • University of Miami School of Law, Visiting Adjunct Professor, Graduate Estate Planning Program

Civic Activities

      • University of Georgia Law School Association Council (Member, 2006-2015; President, 2014)
      • Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 2004-2009; Executive Committee, 2010-present; Chair, 2014)
      • Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, Inc. (Trustee, 1992-present; President, 2004-present)
      • Walter Allen Richards Foundation (Trustee, 2006-Present)
      • Georgia Museum of Art (Board of Advisors, 2008-present; Chair, 2015)
      • Columbus State University Foundation (Board of Trustees, 1999-Present; President, 2012-2013)
      • Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. (Founding Trustee, 1998-2006; President, 2001-2002, General Counsel, 1998-Present)
      • Southeastern Council of Foundations (Board of Trustees, 2003-2007)
      • Georgia Humanities Council (Board of Directors, 2011-Present)

Recent Presentations and Publications

      • 2015 Georgia Education Advancement Council (“GEAC”) Annual Conference – Gift Acceptance Policies That Work; Drafting Charitable Gift Agreements; Dealing with Difficult Donors
      • 2015 Southern Federal  Tax Institute – Conservation Easements: Maximizing the Tax Benefits While Minimizing the Audit Risk
      • 2015 Internal Revenue Service Gulf Coast Area Tax Exempt and Governmental Entitites Division Council Exempt Organizations Update – Private Foundations; Self-Dealing Issues
      • 2015 University of Miami School of Law 49th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning – Restricted Charitable Gifts: Drafting Agreements that Stand the Test of Time
      • 2014 ACTEC Southeast Regional Meeting – Drafting Charitable Gift Agreements that Stand the Test of Time, Fallible Families and Courts of Law
      • 2014 Georgia Education Advancement Council Summer Conference – The Dos and Don’ts of Charitable Gift Agreements (and Other Tidbits for Gift Planners)
      • 2014 Fiduciary Law Institute – Who Gets Blackacre? Tax and Non-Tax Planning For Significant Real Estate Assets
      • 2013 Austin Advisors Forum – The Dos and Don’ts of Charitable Gift Agreements (and Other Tidbits for Gift Planners)
      • 2013 Southern Federal Tax Institute – Estate Planning with Real Estate
      • 2013 Virginia CLE®/Virginia Law Foundation – Coming to a Tax Court Near You: How to Survive the IRS’ Assault on Conservation Easements
      • 2013 University of Miami School of Law 47th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning – Coming to a Tax Court Near You: How to Survive the IRS’s Assault on Conservation Easements
      • 2012 Council on Foundations, Family Philanthropy Conference – Ethics and Legacy in Family Philanthropy
      • 2012 University of Miami School of Law 46th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning – What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Gift Planning; Issues In Connection with Contributions to Individuals by Private Foundations and Individuals