Why Use Our Firm
The Law Office of Nancy L. Choate is a law firm providing comprehensive strategic solutions in the areas of, Trust and Probate Administration, Asset Protection, Business Planning, Veterans Benefits Planning, Elder Law – Medicaid Planning and Special Needs Trusts.
Our strength and our success comes from our ability to establish and maintain trusting and lasting client-lawyer relationships.
So you may be asking yourself at this point “Why should I use this firm? It’s simple. Our firm brings back the caring, human side of the practice of law in an atmosphere free of typical firm stuffiness. We get to know your business and individual needs in great detail so that we can provide you with top-notch service and eliminate the cookie cutter advice you may get from other firms. We pride ourselves on returning calls promptly and providing excellent service, always in an honest and ethical manner.
Significant changes during the course of life-from purchasing a new home to having children owning a business-often remind us of the need to protect and secure all that we hold dear. Nancy L. Choate has over 30 years of experience in guiding her clients through the legal challenges and opportunities they face and working with all age groups to help them plan more effectively for their future.
Please review our website to learn more about The Law Office of Nancy L. Choate. Feel free to call us at anytime at 731-661-0665, or click on Contact Us to send us information electronically. We welcome you to our firm!
How Can We Help
Many people believe that estate planning is only for people who are particularly wealthy, have elaborate schemes in mind for passing their money to their heirs, or for people who are acutely ill and contemplating their death. This could not be farther from the truth!
Elder Law – Medicaid Planning
We can help our older clients and clients with disabilities plan for the future by helping them deal with such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, long-term care, asset protection, assisted living housing, and nursing home issues.
Probate – Estate Administration
The estate administration process carries a lot of responsibilities. We can help guide your loved ones through the process as sensitively and completely as possible, and will try to make it as straightforward and efficient as possible.
The self-settled asset protection trust laws vary from state to state and, therefore, there may be advantages to selecting one state’s laws over another in your particular circumstances.
Special Needs Planning
A Special Needs Trust is a trust that can supplement the needs of a special needs beneficiary while allowing the beneficiary to maintain his or her governmental benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security and Medicaid.
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Why Use Our Firm
Nancy L. Choate, Attorney
Nancy obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1987. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, (Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate sections), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP) and the Madison County Bar Association. Nancy has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent from her fellow lawyers. She is also a Master of the American Inn of Court, Jackson, Tennessee chapter, a legal mentoring organization dedicated to achieving higher levels of excellence and furthering the practice of law with dignity and integrity. Nancy is a frequent speaker on the subject of Estate Planning and Probate and Elder Law to senior adults and other select groups as well as business and financial professionals.
Nancy makes her clients feel comfortable by offering a personal analysis of their individual situation and goals. She is able to create documents to meet the personal needs of the client in a timely manner. Clients often express appreciation in Mrs. Choate’s ability to explain legal terms in “plain English” and to offer legal advice on complicated issues in a clear understandable manner. They also value the common central location of her office.
Nancy and her family reside in Jackson where she is active in the community. Her community involvement includes:
• Past President of the Jackson Exchange Club and 2009 Exchangite of the Year
• Past member of the Central Board of The Carl Perkins Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Nancy and her husband of thirty-five years, Curtis, are active members of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee where they enjoy singing in the choir. Curtis, a recently retired teacher, now serves as office manager for the law firm. They have two children, Anna, a graduate of Union University who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and Will, a graduate of Union University and currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Curtis and Nancy enjoy traveling with their children and supporting the performing arts.
Jessica Bell Pruett, Of Counsel
Jessi obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2002 where she had a Concentration in Business Transactions. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association where she is part of the Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate sections. Jessi is also a member of both the Madison County Bar Association and the Gibson County Bar Association. She started her career with a big law firm in Jackson, Tennessee but after a battle with a rare form of Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 28 she decided to dedicate more time to her family and left the big law firm life behind. She focused on her family until Nancy drew her out of her sabbatical.
Jessi and her family reside in Medina, Tennessee where she is active in the local community as well as West Tennessee. Her community involvement includes:
• Co-Founder & President of Rack Pack, Inc., a 501(c)(3) breast cancer survivor support group serving West Tennessee.
• Board Member of Women Rock for the Cure, a Nashville based 501(c)(3) organization connecting and supporting breast cancer patients.
• American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – past committee member
• Gibson County Adult Leadership Program
• Sunday School teacher at Campbell Street Church of Christ
• Volunteer at Medina Elementary School
Jessi and her husband, Eddie, are active members of Campbell Street Church of Christ in Jackson, Tennessee where they are both teachers in the children’s ministry. They have two boys, Alex and Clay, who are active in a variety of sports including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. During the various sports seasons, the Pruett family can be found in one athletic venue or another on any given day.