Floyd E. Propst

Floyd E. Propst served for 25 years as Judge of the Probate Court of Fulton County. In 2002, he left the bench and returned to private practice. He joined Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach, LLP as a partner in July 2004. A South Carolina native, Judge Propst received his education at Princeton and Harvard Law School, graduating with honors from both. He began his practice with the Atlanta firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, but left to enter public service as probate judge in 1977.

Judge Propst has been a leader in bringing uniformity and professionalism to Georgia’s 159 probate courts, most of which continue to be served by lay judges. He wrote the Handbook for Probate Judges of Georgia, an indispensable tool for anyone practicing in Georgia?s probate courts. He wrote the Georgia Probate Benchbook to assist probate judges in conducting trials. For 20 years he was co-editor of Georgia Probate Notes, a monthly newsletter reporting on developments in probate law and practice. He led a successful effort to expand the jurisdiction of probate courts in high population counties to provide for jury trials and direct appellate review.

He has been a leader nationally in the development of probate law serving as member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts, President of the National College of Probate Judges, and an advisor to the American Law Institutes Restatement (Third) of Property-Donative Transfers.

In 1990, he was recognized by the ABA National Conference of Special Court Judges as the outstanding judge in the U.S. on a trial court with special jurisdiction. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts. In 1995 he received the Treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges. For all his distinguished service, the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar awarded him the Chaffin Career Service Award in 2002. Judge Propst and his wife Laurie have two sons, who are also lawyers. Laurie teaches English at Kennesaw State University.