Meet Our Team

We use a team approach to best meet your needs and be here for you when you need us.  We work with you and anyone else you want to be a part of your planning to best serve you, such as family members or trusted advisors, like your financial advisor and accountant.

Marnie H. Watson

Marnie’s passion comes from helping families and their loved ones navigate the areas of estate planning and elder law. She bases her practice on a philosophy that listening to and learning from her clients leads to thoughtful solutions to unique situations.
Marnie attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2007. Upon graduation Marnie moved to Valdosta with her husband, Byron, and began working with her mentor, John Bennett. In 2013 Marnie became a partner of the firm which became known as Bennett Watson Trust Estate & Elder Law. Marnie continues to dedicate her professional life to creating estate plans that work and empowering her clients throughout their decision-making process. She firmly believes that in addition to planning for an estate at death, an effective plan must address the challenges of aging and disability.
Marnie is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys where she serves as an advisory board member, as well as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Special Needs Planners, Valdosta Chapter of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, and is past President of the Valdosta Bar Association.
Marnie and Byron have two sons and a golden retriever named Jake. They are members of Valdosta First United Methodist Church. Marnie enjoys volunteering for Hospice of South Georgia and Easter Seals Southern Georgia.

Tricia Gonzalez

Tricia Gonzalez joined our Bennett Watson team in 2015. As Funding Coordinator, Tricia works with financial institutions to ensure client assets properly align with each plan. Tricia implements our client funding process, manages our workflow and ensures client reports and documentation are prepared timely and accurately. Tricia’s strong work ethic and gentle spirit are qualities uniquely designed to handle sensitive matters we encounter. 

Tricia is a native of the beautiful dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. At an early age, she moved with her family to New York where she called home until moving to the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville when she was 23 years old. We are grateful Tricia found her way to Valdosta in 2015 after meeting her husband, Luis Gonzalez, an economics professor at Valdosta State University.
Tricia is our resident “crafter” and lends her impressive skills to the rest of the team. Tricia and Luis have two precious children and enjoy spending time as a family. They share a love for their sweet black and white kitty cat, Vaca, (Spanish for "cow") whose name comes from her color pattern resembling a dairy cow.

John Bennett (Of Counsel)

John is the founding member of our firm and continues to be a mentor and trusted advisor to us. Find out more about John here.

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