Steve’s professional journey began at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he majored in Religion and Philosophy. After graduating with honors, he decided to channel his propensity for reading and writing late into the night at the University of Georgia Law School.
After graduating, Steve settled into domestic relations litigation for a few years with boutique law firms across Atlanta. Steve stayed true to form for as long as his doctor permitted him to continue, but, after horrible lab results, his personal physician told him to stop whatever he was doing or, “…you’ll be dead by the time you’re 40.” His supervising partner told him at this point, “You let this stuff get to you too much–you’d be a much better tax lawyer.” So in 2002, Steve fully transitioned into the field of wealth transfer planning, where he has stayed pretty much without exception since concentrating his work in estate, tax planning/administration, and business consulting, as well as finding the most tax efficient methods for structuring personal, inter-family, and third-party transactions of many kinds.
In 2012, a client asked him to undertake a nearly three-year project to open and platform a family office. In late 2014, he re-entered private practice and about a year later, opened WelchCounsel, PC, to “counsel stewards of wealth in and out of court, with and without a plan” across Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. He is married to his wife, Anita, and has two sons from a former marriage: Stephen Paul, and John Ryan.
Elected member of e.Planners®
Original members of WealthCounsel, a national consortium of estate planning professionals
Estate Planning Councils of North Georgia and the Emerald Coast
Association of Corporate Counsel
Georgia: Fiduciary, Business, and Taxation Law sections of the State Bar of Georgia
Florida: Business Law, Tax and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar
Tennessee: Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Tennessee Bar Association
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in economics, Stephen immediately enrolled in the Georgia State University College of Law, where he received the Dean’s Scholarship. His areas of interest include estate planning, taxation, and other types of transactional law. Outside of a brutal study and work schedule in law school, his interests include grilling out, listening to music, and indulging in the refreshing innovations of various Atlanta and Athens breweries. On the weekends, you can find him rabidly cheering for the Dawgs or any of Atlanta’s consistently disappointing sports franchises.