Mitchellville, Tennessee Estate Planning Lawyers

Claire Sawyer
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Skilled & Experienced Estate & Trust Law Representation! Aggressive Advocacy!

I am a dedicated and thorough estate and trust law attorney. I am committed to aggressive legal representation for your estate and trust law litigation needs. Visit my website for information and call for a consultation. Read More »
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Julie Travis Moss
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Experienced Estate Planning & Probate Attorney! Dedicated Counsel & Advocacy!

I am an exceptional estate planning attorney with 18 years of diverse legal experience. I am dedicated to skillful advocacy for the best possible outcomes! Visit my website for information, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Jim Higgins
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Tennessee Estate Planning Lawyer

Mr. Higgins is a Nashville native. He attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated with honors and returned to home to work with a large insurance defense law firm. About 17 years ago Mr. Higgins left the... Read More »
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Don Byrd
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Free consultation, experienced representation in probate and estate planning.

I’m an experienced Nashville estate planning lawyer and represent clients in all types of estate planning cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will help you through every stage of your case. Read More »
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John Chadwick Long
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Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(615) 451-0307 130 South Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Nashville School of Law
John Chadwick Long was born and raised in Pulaski, TN. In 1995, Chad graduated from Giles County High School, finishing in the Top 10 of his class. In the fall of 1995, Chad attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he graduated in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Communications (Public Relations, major; Finance, minor). As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Student Government Association's Freshman Council. His greatest involvement was with the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity where he pledged in Spring 1996 and was initiated as a Knight and Brother in Fall...
Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Attorney
(615) 452-8030 117 E Main St
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Westmoreland, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(615) 719-7310 943 Clark Hollow Rd
P.O. Box 145
Westmoreland, TN 37186-5273
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 452-5872 116 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Attorney
(615) 452-2000 121 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 452-5400 132 W Main St
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
Gallatin, TN Estate Planning Attorney
125 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Personal Injury
Thomas Walter Tucker
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(615) 244-4693 222 2nd Avenue North
Suite 312
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Workers' Comp
Nashville School of Law
I practice in the area of workers’ compensation, automobile accidents, personal injury, subrogation and insurance defense. I have successfully represented and defended employers, insurance companies, and third party administrators in many state courts and in the Tennessee Department of Labor. I consistently achieve successful results through trial verdicts, summary judgments and mediations. I have successfully recovered money from the Tennessee Second Injury Fund for workers’ compensation benefits improperly ordered by the Department of Labor.

In 2002, I earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Nashville School of Law. In 1993, I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts...
John W. Crow
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Clarksville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(931) 218-7800 512 Madison Street, Suite A
Clarksville, TN 37040
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
John W. Crow is the founder of Crow Estate Planning and Probate, PLC which focuses on estate planning, probate, and business planning.

John is a Clarksville, Tennessee native. He has been practicing law in Clarksville since 2009 after graduating Vanderbilt University and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

John is married and has one son. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to the beach or mountains, reading histories and biographies, and biking the the Lewis and Clark trail. He is an avid competitor and loves college football and basketball.
Timothy Louis Takacs
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Hendersonville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(866) 222-3127 201 Walton Ferry Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Estate Planning and Elder
Vanderbilt University Law School
Nationally-known in legal circles, Timothy L. Takacs is the architect of the Life Care Planning approach to elder law, which features a team of attorneys, nurses, social workers, insurance experts, public benefits specialists, and others who work together to help families deal with the personal, financial and legal challenges created by long life and disability. His innovations have transformed the way elder law is practiced in the United States. Takacs’ insights into the challenges faced by the elderly and their families have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The Tennessean and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance....
Charles R. Frazier
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Tennessee Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience

Mr. Frazier is not a Nashville native, but he fits right into the community with a strong work ethic and family values which have helped him become a great tax law, estate planning, and business law attorney. Mr. Frazier... Read More »
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Larry Raymond Williams
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 256-8880 315 Deaderick Street
Suite 1510
Nashville, TN 37238
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Probate
Nashville School of Law
Jesse Morris
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(615) 750-2939 202 S 11th St
Nashville, TN 37206
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of California - Berkeley
We strive to treat our clients like family, to make you feel at home and to know how greatly we respect and appreciate you putting your trust in us during one of the most difficult times of your life.

This is not just a business relationship. If I am your lawyer, I will be there with you every step of the way. I want to help you get through your legal issues and reclaim your life.

Focused on helping women, particularly those in abusive, dangerous, or unhealthy relationships.

Call for a free phone consultation now.
(615) 750 2939
Charles R. Frazier
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(615) 267-0125 5258 Murfreesboro Rd
#B
La Vergne, TN 37086
La Vergne, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
University of Tennessee College of Law
Mr. Frazier is not a Nashville native, but he fits right into the community with a strong work ethic and family values which have helped him become a great tax law, estate planning, and business law attorney. Mr. Frazier is a husband and father of two children whose humble beginnings help him relate to any client who needs legal advice to resolve their tax law, estate planning, or business law issues.

Mr. Frazier is also a U.S. Army veteran who served his country proudly and with distinction before being honorably discharged. As a former soft-skill Army Ranger, Mr. Frazier understands the...
Connie Reguli
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(615) 661-0122 1646 Westgate Circle Ste 101
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
CONNIE REGULI is a mother, a grandmother, an attorney, a business owner, AND an advocate for change. Her law career started as a prosecutor of domestic violence and child abuse. In this capacity, she learned the tragic consequences of physical and emotional abuse in the intimate sphere of family relationships.
For over twenty years she has had a private practice defending the rights of parenting, families, and children against the intrusive interference of government entities. Her published case of Andrews v. Hickman County has been quoted many times as the Sixth Circuit’s clarification that the...
Mr. Robin J. Gordon
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(615) 933-2435 49 Music Square West
Suite 505
Nashville, TN 37203
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Family
University of Tennessee College of Law
Attorney Robin J. Gordon is the founder and managing partner at Gordon Law Group. Since 1990 Robin has called Music Row home for his firm. He was first introduced to private practice as an associate with a well-known litigation and entertainment firm in Nashville, TN. During his early years he represented artists such as George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Tammy Wynette, and Garth Brooks. In 1996, Attorney Gordon created the Gordon Law Group with a focus on entertainment law, small business dealings, and litigation. With his new practice, Robin continued to represent record labels, publishing companies, and influential musicians, songwriters, and...
James Lee Widrig Esq.
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(615) 417-7800 500 Church St
#250
Nashville, TN 37219
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attorney James L. Widrig, or more commonly known as “Jim Widrig”, was born in Upstate NY. in a small town called Yorkshire, NY. He went to college in east Tennessee at Carson-Newman College. After college Jim attended law school at Thomas M. Cooley in Lansing, Michigan.

Attorney Jim Widrig practices in all of Middle Tennessee and his main office is located in downtown Nashville. James Widrig founded the law office of Widrig Law PLLC in February of 2007 with the goal to fight for individuals during the most difficult times of their lives. In 2011 James L Widrig was voted one...
Frank J. Steiner
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(615) 730-6090 2200 21st Avenue South
Suite 309
Nashville, TN 37212
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
South Texas College of Law
Julie Travis Moss
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(615) 953-1122 1608 Westgate Cir
#100
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Loyola University Chicago
Julie Travis Moss’ practice areas include estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, estate planning, real estate, and related litigation. She also advises closely held business owners regarding general corporate matters. Julie has more than 18 years of diverse legal experience, including ten years as a general practitioner in Michigan and teaching legal writing at Vanderbilt Law School. With her depth of experience, Julie provides comprehensive services to meet her clients’ diverse needs. And with her depth of understanding of family relationships and dynamics, Julie is able to work with our clients to resolve their most difficult and complex matters.

Julie...
Lisa Millican Ewing
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(615) 244-1582 222 Second Avenue North
Suite 419
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Nashville School of Law
Lisa Millican Ewing is Of Counsel for McCarthy Law PLC in the Nashville, Tennessee office. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis, magna cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting major. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law graduating in the top 10% of her law school class
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Lisa founded the medical practice management and medical billing firm, MedAccounts, Inc. Upon graduation from law school, she established Ewing Law Office LLC and where...
Russell E. Freeman
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Goodlettsville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(615) 859-1328 885 Conference Dr
#500
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Memphis
Russell is a lifelong resident of Goodlettsville, Tennessee where he currently serves as the City Attorney. He has over thirty years of experience as a trial attorney litigating and trying numerous jury and bench trials involving a wide range of civil issues in Davidson, Sumner and Robertson County. Russell treats every client as though they are his biggest and maintains a reputation for helping individuals in times of hardship and holding others accountable for their wrongdoing. He has many years of experience representing clients in personal injury accidents, car wrecks, estate planning and probate, and estate litigation. Beyond that, he...
Jim Higgins
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(800) 705-2121 525 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
Free ConsultationNashville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
Estate Planning, Elder, Employment and Probate
University of Memphis
Mr. Higgins is a Nashville native. He attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated with honors and returned to home to work with a large insurance defense law firm. About 17 years ago Mr. Higgins left the defense practice and created a firm that only represents injured victims and their families. To better serve his clients the firm is broken down into specific litigation groups, such as the nursing home neglect division and serious injury division.

Mr. Higgins is a member of the million dollar advocates forum, recognized by Best Lawyers and is a board...
George Angelopoulos
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Franklin, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(615) 422-7171 2550 Meridian Blvd.
Ste 200
Franklin, TN 37067
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Personal Injury
Nashville School of Law
George Angelopoulos is a dedicated Car Accident Lawyer located in Franklin Tennessee. The personal injury attorney focuses on car accidents, truck wrecks, dog bite injuries and premises liability. The accident attorney has offices across Middle Tennessee and accepts clients state wide. Text or Call 615-422-7171 for a free consultation. No fee until you win!
Paul E. Tennison
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 1 year experience
(615) 490-6020 750 Old Hickory Blvd
Building Two #202
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning, Family, Military and Probate
Vanderbilt University Law School
Paul E. Tennison has significant experience in the U.S. Army and international experience. Paul's legal background affords him unique inside into many issues confronting his clients. Paul represents clients in a broad range of complex legal matters. Paul has experience working in cases involving military law, defamation, intellectual property, family law,contested divorces, business disputes, wills, trusts, and probate.

Paul's extensive military experience includes four years at West Point, five years on Active Duty in Korea and Germany and four years as an officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard including a deployment to Poland. Paul honed his attention to detail and...
Jonathan Williams
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(615) 256-8880 315 Deaderick St
Suite 1510
Nashville, TN 37238
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Social Security Disability
North Carolina State University and Nashville School of Law
Jonathan is a personal injury attorney in Nashville and is the managing partner of Larry R. Williams, PLLC. He handles cases all over Middle Tennessee including car wrecks, motorcycle accidents, large truck collisions, construction site accidents and many other type of negligent injury and wrongful death claims. Jonathan also represent businesses on day to day matters and litigates business matters and disputes. In addition, Jonathan manages the firm's Social Security Disability practice and estate planning and probate practice. In 2015 Jonathan was awarded the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbel. He maintains a 10.0 rating on Avvo and...
Justin McKean Gilbert
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(615) 628-7778 4525 Harding Pike
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37205
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Santa Clara University School of Law
I have spent years delivering peace of mind, well thought out estate planning and asset protection solutions. I know how important it is to secure the future of your estate and finances. I have made it my mission to save my clients every dollar possible in court costs, attorney fees and taxes. With my expertise and commitment to excellence, your legacy is in good hands.

For me, it is about more than words on a page or numbers in a ledger. I want to understand what those words mean to you and how they represent your livelihood, values, and priorities. I...
Randy Ratliff
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 656-8282 5115 Maryland Way
#135
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Kentucky College of Law
Attorney Randall A. Ratliff is the founder of the Randy Ratliff Law Offices, PLLC, in Brentwood, Tennessee. He is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Tennessee, holds a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. Since graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2000, Mr. Ratliff has practiced law in several settings, including acting as general counsel to a mid-sized national firm, a tech start up, and a foster care agency. In 2011, he founded...
John Ryan Poole
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Hermitage, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
(615) 913-5108 401 Bonnaspring Drive
Hermitage, TN 37076
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Workers' Comp
Belmont University College of Law
Joel Randall Hooper
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(615) 661-5472 109 Westpark Dr
Suite 300
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Randy Hooper has been a trusted legal adviser for professionals, entrepreneurs, executives and their families in Brentwood, Tennessee for more than 25 years. Randy’s experience, wisdom, imagination and character benefit his clients with proactive planning and a steady hand when difficult situations arise. Randy focuses on building long term, multi-generational relationships with clients and their other trusted advisers. This collaborative, team approach produces additional value for the client.

Randy provides estate planning, probate administration and small business succession planning advice and services to his clients. Randy believes in beginning with the end in mind. This...
Emily Cannon Green
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Springfield, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(615) 380-8566 108 West Sixth Avenue
Springfield, TN 37172
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Vanderbilt University
Emily grew up in Springfield, Tennessee. After graduating from Aaron Academy in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Emily attended Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Harp and highest honors in music history and literature.

Emily received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School where she was awarded the Dean's Scholarship. While in law school, Emily clerked at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

After graduating law school, Emily returned home to Springfield, Tennessee, where she practiced with a local firm prior to co-founding...
Garrett Knisley
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 800-7096 2122 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
Belmont University College of Law
Jason Andrew Lee
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NASHVILLE, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(615) 540-1004 611 Commerce Street, Suite 2603
NASHVILLE, TN 37203
Estate Planning, Employment, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Devin Freeman Park
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(615) 859-1328 885 Conference Dr
#500
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Free ConsultationGoodlettsville, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Tennessee College of Law
Devin is a Sumner County native and practices law in various areas of civil litigation in the surrounding counties. Devin maintains a personable relationship with her clients and has helped countless individuals in times of hardships as well as tackling issues on the front-end to avoid future conflicts. Devin’s legal practice areas primarily include estate planning and probate, estate litigation, conservatorships, personal injury, car wrecks, and real estate transactions. Beyond that, she handles contested and uncontested divorces, child custody and visitation, and child support cases as well as other family law matters. She also accepts appointments by the court to...
Amanda Crowell
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Lebanon, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(615) 449-4848 133 S College Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of Tennessee College of Law
Amanda Crowell has been a practicing attorney since 1992. She graduated in 1989 with high honors from the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992.

Amanda began her career as Assistant General Counsel for the State of Tennessee where she prosecuted health care professionals before their respective licensing boards.

Amanda has been in private practice in Lebanon, Tennessee since 1998, formerly with the law firm of Lee & Lee Attorneys, P.C. She practices primarily in the area of family law, representing clients...
Edward Stephen Ryan
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Nashville-Davidson (Balance), TN Estate Planning Lawyer
(615) 256-7337 219 2nd Ave N
Suite 300
Nashville-Davidson (Balance), TN 37201
Estate Planning, Criminal and DUI
I started my career in the justice system as a police officer for 16 years. I move to the District Attorney's office after graduating from law school. I was team leader in the vehicular crimes division. In 2000 began my career in private practice. I am now a partner at May & Ryan, PLC we do litigation work mainly in the criminal defense arena with an added emphasis on DUI defense.
Claire Sawyer
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Brentwood, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(615) 953-1122 1608 Westgate Cir
#100
Brentwood, TN 37027
Estate Planning and Business
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Claire Sawyer has more than eleven years of experience in civil litigation in state and federal court. She concentrates her practice in the areas of business litigation and trust and estate litigation. Over the years, Claire has represented entities and individuals in a variety of tort and contract cases, breach of fiduciary duty cases, declaratory judgment actions, will contests, and elective share litigation.

Claire earned her B.S. degree from Samford University, cum laude, in 2002 and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, summa cum laude, in 2005. She is licensed to practice in the state of...
Joshua C Vincent
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Franklin, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(615) 656-5122 256 Seaboard Lane Suite F-101
Franklin, TN 37067-2894
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Tax
Southern Methodist University
Margaret Allison Thompson
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Nashville, TN Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(615) 620-4613 4525 Harding Pike, Ste 200
Nashville, TN 37205
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Northwestern University School of Law
Ashley Jackson
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Lebanon, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(615) 784-4801 133 S College St
Lebanon, TN 37087
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Nashville School of Law
Ashley L. Jackson began practicing law in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University's College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2008. Upon graduation, Ashley began working for Warner Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Ashley began her law school career in 2010 at the Nashville School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Faculty and Trustee Scholarship for three consecutive years. Ashley received a Juris Doctor degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2014. She continued to work for Warner Music Group in the Business Affairs department until 2015.

In 2015, Ashley joined the...
Rachel Christine Nelley
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NASHVILLE, TN Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(615) 726-1200 618 Church Street
Suite 300
NASHVILLE, TN 37219
Estate Planning, Administrative and Health Care
Samford University
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