William J. Self


"Of Counsel"
(Extension 114)

Executive Assistant

Harriette Johnson

(Extension 115)

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William J. ("Bill") Self joined the firm, as "Of Counsel," on February 1, 2013.  He served as Judge of the Probate Court of Bibb County from April 18, 1989 until his retirement on December 31, 2012.  He has been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as a Senior Judge of the Probate Courts of Georgia.  He will be practicing part-time only and will narrowly focus his practice on probate and guardianship/conservatorship matters, wills and trusts, and Elder Law. 


Judge Self is a registered Mediator [GODR #6587-4225-6546-6112] and mediates disputes in his areas of practice.  He accepts some appointments as personal representatives of estates of decedents and as conservator for minors and incapacitated adults.

Judge Self obtained his BBA (Accounting) in 1971 and his JD in 1974 from the University of Georgia.  He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Since 1995, Judge Self has been an active member of and is a Past President of the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ).  He served on the Executive Committee of NCPJ for many years, having served in the offices of Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the College.  He served as a representative of NCPJ to the National Guardianship Network and to the Third National Guardianship Summit, which promulgated the Third National Guardianship Summit Standards and Recommendations.  He also served on NCPJ's Task Force to revise the 2013 National Probate Court Standards.  For many years, Judge Self managed the NCPJ website.

Since taking office in 1989, and in retirement, Judge Self has been an active member of and a Past President of the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia. In 2000, he was named "Outstanding Probate Judge of the Year" by the Council. In 2010, Judge Self authored the Revised Handbook for Probate Judges in Georgia and authored the annual supplements in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2010, he edited the Georgia Probate Judges' Benchbook and authored the annual supplements to that publication in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Judge Self has authored a number of pamphlets and brochures, as well as a number of forms regularly used in many probate courts across Georgia.