Elizabeth A. Faist

Elizabeth A. Faist

Atlanta, Georgia

Elizabeth Faist practices tax law, primarily serving clients in the areas of trusts, estates, charitable planning, and income tax planning. She manages a variety of matters, including gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues, preparation of estate-planning documents, administration of estates, IRS tax disputes, and tax advice regarding private foundations and public charities. Elizabeth also counsels clients on tax and succession planning for their businesses. Additionally, she provides guidance on how to most efficiently safeguard assets during multigenerational wealth transfers, incorporating insurance planning and charitable giving programs, as appropriate.

Prior to joining The Bowden Spratt Law Firm, Elizabeth practiced at Eversheds Sutherland where she drafted estate plans, prepared federal and state filings for tax-exempt organizations, and administered estates and trusts. While attending the LL.M. program, Elizabeth provided research assistance to Professor Patricia E. Dilley. While in law school, she served as a judicial extern for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida.

Areas of Practice

  • Tax Law
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2009
  • Georgia, 2009


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2008
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • LL.M. - 2009
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Florida
    • B.A. cum laude - 2004


  • Issues in Estate Planning for Blended Families – Managing Client Expectations in the Face of Unique Challenges, Basic Fiduciary Law 201, 2017
  • Preserving Grantor Intent, Estate Planning Institute, 2017
  • Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets: Does the Cloud have a Silver Lining, Estate Planning Institute, 2016
  • Planned Giving: Accepting and Attracting Donations, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, 2015
  • What Exempt Organizations and Their Lawyers Should Know about Planned Giving, Georgia Non-Profit Law Seminar, 2014
  • Decanting Trusts in Georgia, Fiduciary Law Institute, 2012
  • Gift and Estate Tax Update and Planning in the Current Environment of High Tax Exemptions, Low Interest Rates, and Low Asset Values, Sutherland Tax Education Series, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Charles T. Lester, Jr. Pro Bono Award, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fiduciary Law Section, State Bar of Georgia, Executive Committee Member
  • Board of Estate Planning/Probate Section, Atlanta Bar, Secretary
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Florida Bar, Member
  • Tax Section, Florida Bar, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vox Teen Communications – Board Chair