A Personal, Compassionate, and Sophisticated Approach to Your Planning Needs.

Hill & Watchko, LLC (formerly Bettis, Hill & Vann, LLC) is a small, boutique wills,  trusts, estates, elder law, and fiduciary litigation firm providing personalized, efficient, and reasonably priced services of the quality found in the typical large, downtown law firms.


Wise Planning for Life’s Unique Challenges.

Life is full of challenges, both expected and not. With our focused and extensive experience on the issues surrounding trust and estate planning and administration, elder law, fiduciary litigation (trust and estate disputes) and related areas, the attorneys at Hill & Watchko, LLC can help you plan and address these challenges. We believe that true professionalism goes beyond expertise and make it our goal to meet clients’ needs with compassion and understanding.

Whether you are planning ahead for these issues or addressing the aftermath, Hill & Watchko, LLC is uniquely equipped to offer clients thoughtful, creative and hands-on solutions to some of life’s most sensitive and complex subjects.


Our Practice Areas

Planning for Life. Planning Wisely.

Our practice areas include Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration/Probate, Long-Term Care Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Fiduciary Litigation, and Business Entities.

Failure to plan will leave major decisions to chance and the strictures of state law; neither option is what most people desire.

We are committed to assisting our clients through every phase of the process with dignity, respect, and professionalism.

Many clients want to provide financially for loved ones with special needs without interfering with their eligibility for government benefits such as Medicaid and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Many seniors and their families worry about how to pay for long-term care should the need arise.

We regularly assist clients with disputes in will, trust, estate, and guardianship/conservatorship matters.  We represent parties on either side: the beneficiaries/heirs or the fiduciaries (executors, trustees, guardians, and conservators).

We assist clients by guiding them through the Court-supervised guardianship and conservatorship process when the necessary estate planning documents are either insufficient or non-existent.

The first hurdle for new business owners is determining which type of legal entity to use. Business entities can also be useful in the estate planning context, providing limitations on liability or tax savings.


Meet the professionals


John Cleveland Hill

Managing Partner

Cleve has been selected by fellow attorneys statewide for Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” and Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the area of Wills, Estates, and Taxes.


Sarah Randal Watchko


Sarah holds the distinguished title of being one of very few Georgia Certified Elder Law Attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation.


Rachel B. Keller


Rachel’s practice centers around estate planning, probate matters, guardianships and conservatorships, and related fiduciary litigation.


Caroline Munroe

Special Outside Counsel

A recognized leader in estate planning matters, Caroline is now Special Outside Counsel to Hill & Watchko and is employed by Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Laura Barfield Baxter

Of Counsel

Laura’s focus includes corporate law, estate planning and probate, guardianships and conservatorships, including related litigation.


Phill Bettis

Of Counsel

Phill was the 2005 Chairman of the State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism and a former Trustee of the Forsyth County Library Board.


Beth Gilchrist


Beth focuses on estate planning, probate matters, guardianships and conservatorships, estate and trust administration and small business entity formation.