Monthly Archives: July 2020

Doing Our Part To Help Front Line Workers

Although a mask can provide protection from COVID-19, more is needed to ensure that you are protected in a health crisis.  This is top of mind for health care workers, first responders and educators as the global struggle with the pandemic continues.

At Debra Robinson Law Group, we strive to be there for our community, just as we are for our clients.  It is in this spirit of service that I am pleased to announce a charitable initiative from our firm aimed at providing peace of mind for essential workers in our community.

We are now offering free Health Care Directives for health care workers, first responders and educators in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

Under the federal HIPAA privacy laws, health care providers are prohibited from disclosing an adult patient’s private medical information, unless authorized by the court through a legal guardianship, or authorized by the adult in writing. It doesn’t matter if you are a relative, even if you are the mother or father.

In a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, an agent is named to make all health care decisions if the injured or ill adult is unable to communicate his wishes, and the agent is authorized under the HIPAA privacy laws to have access to all private medical information.

If you are an eligible essential worker, please contact our office at drlg@debrarobinsonlaw.com so that one of my staff will be able to assist you.  Please include your full name, contact information and your profession.  You will be asked to provide a copy of your professional ID as part of the process.

In an effort to make as much time available to our team as possible to work on drafting of documents, we would appreciate communication via email only for this offer.

One Person Can Make A Difference

Several months ago, one of our valued clients, Bill Fillman, reached out for assistance in incorporating a non-profit designed to help local restaurants and front line workers struggling in the wake of COVID-19.  This week, he is up and running and so I’ve invited him to share the story of North Fulton Food It Forward, Inc.  The work he is doing helps boost our community in multiple ways.  I hope that if you are in a position to give, you will consider a donation to this exceptional organization.

IT STARTED WITH CUPCAKES … Long story short, I wanted to bring some smiles to local essential workers and happened to be in a bakery when the thought was present.  Once a month for the past several months I have been delivering 7-15 dozen cupcakes to local essential workers… It’s just rewarding to receive their smiles in return. 

Then COVID-19 arrived, and shortly thereafter I happened to watch a TV interview with Leslie Gudel, who started a non-profit called “Food It Forward” in Pennsylvania, giving gift cards from local eateries to local essential workers fighting the pandemic.  And I thought, “I could do that”.

With a starter kit from Leslie and a bit of advice from Debbie on non-profit incorporation, North Fulton Food It Forward, Inc. was on its way. It has recently received its 501(c)(3) tax exemption as a public charity, so donors can deduct contributions they make.  And on July 19, 2020, the website went live.

100% of all donations directed through https://nffooditforward.org will go directly to purchasing gift cards from Alpharetta and Johns Creek locally-based restaurants, which helps owners and employees.

100% of those gift cards will be donated to Emory Johns Creek hospital, The Memory Center (Johns Creek), local nursing care homes, and local fire stations and police stations for their essential workers.

Our local N. F. restaurants have already suffered greatly. Some restaurants have shut down while others have been reduced to “drive through” businesses, at best, which has been financially devastating for both the owners and their employees. 

Meanwhile, the strain on health care and first responder essential workers has grown dramatically.  Health care workers are putting their lives at risk every hour of every day for us.  A lesser-publicized reality is that municipal tax revenues are sinking, seriously jeopardizing the jobs of first responders who are risking their lives for us every day.

The team at North Fulton Food It Forward donates our time to hosting the website, contacting the restaurants, confirming they issue gift cards, ordering the gift cards, and delivering the gift cards because we want to help our community thrive.  Restaurants are helped, front line workers are helped.  When you donate, you should feel good about that. And, know that we are so very grateful to you for your donations which will help us reach more restaurants and more essential workers.

Thank you for your support,

Bill Fillman


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Welcoming Change In Challenging Times

I consider one of the greatest accomplishments of our firm to be the relationships that are forged with our clients.  Our administrative team is among the best and valued clients often express gratitude for the experience, kindness and care that is evident in their interactions.

So it is with gratitude of my own that I wish to share with you that Linda Carroll, our firm administrator of more than a decade, has retired.  We wish her much happiness in her future endeavors and are appreciative for all that she has brought to our firm.

With her departure, we turn the page on a new chapter led by a new firm administrator.  Randy Cloud brings over a decade of management experience with a strong focus on client experience and operational excellence.  His ability to balance daily operations while developing a strategic vision for the firm’s future makes Randy instrumental to the team’s continued success.  He is responsible for managing business development, client relationships, office operations and financial accounting.

Randy has learned the importance of proper estate planning through a very personal experience.  In his early 20’s, Randy’s mother passed away unexpectedly without a completed will.  He spent the next year navigating probate while trying to grieve his loss.  This experience, combined with a desire to protect his own young family, has inspired a passion to help all families achieve peace of mind while planning for the future.

Randy spent his childhood in Maine and after attending Winthrop University in South Carolina, Randy settled in Atlanta.  His three-year-old son, Nash, loves spending time outdoors.  As a family they enjoy cooking, camping, biking and canoeing.

I am looking forward to each of you having an opportunity to get to know Randy in the coming years.

As always, we are here to serve you.  Please contact us at 770-817-4999 or at www.debrarobinsonlaw.com to schedule an appointment today.

Be well,

Debra Robinson

Protecting Young Adults During COVID-19

For young adults in a pre-pandemic world, the future was exciting and unknown, with little thought about bad things that might happen. But bad things can happen. COVID-19 has made that very clear. In the state of Georgia, a child becomes a legal adult at the age of eighteen and so consideration must be given to the document necessary to protect their health and future.

If something happens to a young child, the parent or guardian has the legal right to make medical decisions. What most people don’t realize though, is that as soon as someone turns eighteen, under the law, that eighteen year old is an adult.

Under the federal HIPAA privacy laws, health care providers are prohibited from disclosing an adult patient’s private medical information, unless authorized by the court through a legal guardianship, or authorized by the adult in writing. It doesn’t matter if you are a relative, even if you are the mother or father.

In a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, an agent is named to make all health care decisions if the injured or ill adult is unable to communicate his wishes, and the agent is authorized under the HIPAA privacy laws to have access to all private medical information.

Without this important legal document, families find themselves in court, filing for guardianship. That process is expensive, delays access to needed medical information, and causes additional distress in a family already going through a difficult time.

The solution is simple. Have him or her sign an Advance Directive for Health Care. Having the document won’t prevent tragedy from happening, but it will enable a young adult to know they will have the protection of those who love them quickly available if it is ever needed.

If you’re looking for an expert to help you plan to protect the young adults you love, then we invite you to contact our office and schedule an appointment today.