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The E&K Team

Attorneys Providing Legal Representation And Real Estate Title Services

The lawyers of Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C., combine a diverse set of backgrounds and career experiences to form a team that is able to address any estate planning, probate, real estate, business and agriculture law matters, as well as handle real estate title services as a neutral third party.

A Tradition Of Excellence

The firm was founded by attorney Jerry N. Estes, who has over 38 years of legal experience serving McMinn County and East Tennessee. He has also served as a criminal justice adviser to several of Tennessee’s U.S. senators and is a sought-after speaker throughout the U.S. for his views on the law and his unique career experiences. In June of 2015, attorney Jerry Estes became “Of Counsel” for Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C., when he was appointed Executive Director of the Tennessee District Attorneys Conference in Franklin, Tennessee. As a result, Jerry’s practice will be limited to serving as a Rule 31 Civil Mediator.

McMinn County natives William H. Estes and Sarah E. Kennedy share Jerry’s passion for helping East Tennessee residents resolve their most complex legal issues. Attorneys Estes and Kennedy are proud to carry on the tradition of excellence started by Jerry Estes those many years ago.

View our full team below to learn more about the attorneys, paralegal, and closing agents of Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C.

Leading Attorneys

William Estes

William H. Estes

William H. Estes, or ‘Will’ as he is known to friends and family, grew up in Athens, Tennessee where he earned his Eagle Scout and graduated from McMinn County High School.  He went on to attend the University of Tennessee where he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

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Sarah Kennedy

Sarah E. Kennedy

Sarah E. Kennedy is a Partner with Estes & Kennedy Law Offices PLLC, and she concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, real property, and litigation involving estate disputes, real property, construction and personal injury.

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Our Team

Elizabeth Blackledge

Elizabeth Blackledge - Paralegal

Elizabeth (“Beth”) Blackledge joined Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C. in January of 2012. She holds the dual role of being an office manager and paralegal. In her capacity as paralegal, Beth assists the attorneys in client matters involving real estate, business transactions, estate planning and probate. This includes assisting in the preparation of estate planning and probate documents, deeds, corporations and limited liability company formation and trial preparation. As office manager, she oversees the firm’s daily operations and bookkeeping.

Beth graduated from the Mississippi University of Women in 1992, with a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies, and she has over 20 years of combined experience as a paralegal in many areas of the law, including litigation, estate planning, probate, real estate and personal injury.

Beth’s experience is a valuable asset to our team, and her friendliness, professionalism and dedication to quality work ensures that our clients have a positive experience working with our firm.

Elizabeth Blackledge

Susan Brown- Real Estate Legal Assistant

East Tennessee native, Susan Brown, joined Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C. in July 2015, bringing with her more than eight years of experience in the title industry. Susan assists our Closing Agent, Debbie, with all aspect of Real Estate Transactions, such as preparing title searches for properties, preparation of deeds, and title insurance. Additionally, she has a natural inclination for working with complex title issues, which makes her invaluable to our team when it comes to correcting these issues for our clients. Her knowledge of the closing process from the title search to the closing table adds valuable experience to our team, and her friendliness ensures a smooth process for our clients with each transaction.

Our Experienced Team

Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C., is proud of its experienced team members, many of whom hold specialized degrees in the legal field. Most importantly, each one shares a genuine interest in the needs of each individual client.

By improving communications and taking advantage of technology, our paralegal improves the efficiency of our office operations, which results in lowering costs to our clients. They can be a conduit of communication if a lawyer is in court or otherwise engaged. Our paralegal also assists in the drafting of some documents for our lawyers’ review, managing large, complex files for our busy firm and providing technological support for the office.

While paralegals cannot give legal advice, they are of tremendous assistance in keeping client communications at a high level while assisting in the delivery of quality legal services in a cost-efficient manner.

Make Your Appointment Today

Call Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, P.L.L.C., in Athens to learn more about the firm’s team of experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at 423-507-1157 or toll-free at 866-490-1157. You can also use our online form to schedule a meeting.