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Debbie Britt

Newcomer

Family: I have two beautiful, grown children, Garrison, 26, who lives in California, and Delaney, 24, who lives here on St. Simons Island.

Years in the Golden Isles: I moved to the Golden Isles in the summer of 2016.

Occupation: This year, 2020, marks my 30th anniversary of practicing law in Georgia.

School: I was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1990, after graduating from Emory University School of Law. I also graduated from Georgia State University (B.A, English) and Clayton State College (Associate Degree, Journalism) before entering law school.

A local you admire: Clay Caldwell. I met him not long after he started his own design company, Commonground Creative, and I am so thankful I did. He is my graphic designer for print and web content and he has also become a good friend. I love how he cares about the quality of his work and about the person he is helping. He and his family are loved by our community and his local business is known for being creative and reliable.

What brought you to the area: I have always loved the water. I am all about flip flops and tank tops and shrimp!! A few years ago, single with grown children having flown away, I decided my empty nest “next chapter” needed a new address. Having visited St. Simons Island with friends while growing up, I knew this area would be a good choice for a move to the beach. I downsized my “stuff,” put most of what I was keeping in storage and drove down here with what would fit in my car. The rest, as they say, is history. I am home.

How did you discover your passion for elder law? My business focus has become clearer since my move to the Golden Isles. My law practice has included traditional estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, etc. for many years. Since relocating here, I noticed that the legal needs of senior clients needed more attention. Helping clients with long-term care concerns and other aging issues such as guardianship, conservatorship and enhanced powers of attorney and health care directives has formed my passion for elder law. I am continually receiving important legal training to assist elder law clients in preserving financial assets against the costs of long-term care. I am also diligent in growing and maintaining peer relationships at state and national levels to best serve our local seniors regarding elder law issues. I serve on the board of the Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and I remain an active member of the Elder Law College from which I graduated. These connections are invaluable for my own professional development and my commitment to excellence in serving aging clients and their families.

What do your hobbies include? My hobbies include wildlife photography, travel and cooking. I love exploring new places “through the lens” and sharing my memories with family and friends. This year, to raise money for the Golden Isles Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I will be working on my first annual Coast Life Calendar and plan on including my own nature photography and submissions from other photographers as well.

What has been the best part of moving to the Golden Isles? Each passing day, month and year have added to my love for and happiness in the Golden Isles. The very best part of moving here has been being embraced by this wonderful, strong community. My business is growing and is allowing me great opportunities to make a difference. Friendships are being enjoyed. Beaches, trails, rivers, ponds, and ocean waters are being explored. Community service, with my fellow Brunswick Kiwanis Club members is meaningful and fun at the same time. I moved to the Golden Isles in the summer of 2016, and I already feel like I am living in my hometown.

Describe a perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: For me, a perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles begins with photography in and around my neighborhood in Sea Palms. Wildlife, flora and fauna, is beautiful year round, especially early in the morning. Next, my favorite breakfast is served at Café Frederica – that French toast! After that, a trip to Pier Village, including ice creams on park benches in Neptune Park and a stroll out onto the Pier to watch the pelicans (and humans) fishing is always fun. In the fall, it’s all about Georgia football and that means meeting up with friends at Brogen’s North. Somewhere in the day, hanging out at Mallery Street beach access makes Saturday perfect.

What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? One thing every visitor must do while they are here in the Golden Isles is take a dolphin tour with Cap Fendig. This is my favorite “tourist” thing to do here. Listening to Reid Harris tell me all about dolphins and other local wildlife while we tour St. Simons Sound, Bird Island, etc. never gets old.