SHUNTA V. McBRIDE
Shunta has practiced law for more than 16 years in Atlanta and founded her law firm in 2016 to provide estate planning, probate, and real estate legal services to clients. In 2022 she moved her practice to MendenFreiman. Her new contact information can be found here: https://www.mendenfreiman.com/our-people/shunta-v-mcbride/
She has a knack for explaining the unfamiliar and navigating clients through what they often perceive as unchartered territory in the area of wills, probate and real estate— and in particular, heirs’ property. She is skilled at crafting solutions that are well-tailored for her clients, and shows thoughtful consideration in identifying a clear path forward before taking on a new engagement.
Shunta’s experience in estate planning includes drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives that are consistent with clients’ goals. Shunta also has a strong estate administration practice, having opened and closed numerous estates throughout metropolitan Atlanta. Her probate experience includes representing fiduciaries in probate court on a variety of matters, including estate administration, Year’s Support, minor conservatorships, orders dispensing with administration, and petitions for leave to sell real estate. Shunta’s work also includes providing fiduciaries with step-by-step guidance on how to properly marshal assets, pay off debts, and distribute property, including real property, to beneficiaries. She also frequently works with personal injury attorneys to open estates in connection with the settlement of personal injury claims.
In her real estate practice, Shunta brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients based on a decade of her solid experience as a former commercial real estate attorney in large Atlanta law firms. Prior to opening her own law office, Shunta practiced for 10 years as a commercial real estate attorney with DLA Piper LLP (US) and Morris, Manning & Martin LLP in Atlanta. While at DLA Piper LLP (US), she played a significant role on the commercial real estate team that represented a Major League Baseball team in the purchase and development of 80 acres of undeveloped land that has since been developed into a premiere public-private mixed-use development north of Atlanta, inclusive of entertainment, athletic, office, retail and residential uses.
Shunta is originally from Talladega, Alabama and studied law and accounting at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable U.W. Clemon (Ret.) at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham. Shunta’s pro bono work includes volunteering alongside other attorneys for Georgia Appleseed to help it launch the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center in 2016. Shunta currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, which is the first nonprofit legal center of its kind in Georgia that is exclusively dedicated to solving the heirs’ property problem. She also volunteers in the Probate Court Information Centers for the Probate Courts of Fulton County and DeKalb County.