Practice Areas

Our Practice Areas

Shepherd & Associates, P.C. is a passionate law firm dedicated to offering expert legal services to patrons across Eastern Tennessee. We focus on providing each client with individualized care and a personal approach.

Many areas that we deal with require more than just legal counsel, such as Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Estate Planning. People facing legal trouble in these fields need someone to understand what they are going through to help them deal with the inevitable stress and emotional weight placed on their shoulders.

We will take the extra steps of getting to know you and understanding your goals and desires before taking the fight to court. Our expertise and knowledge will help keep your case grounded, ensuring that each step is performed in accordance with current laws and accurate information.

 

Services Shepherd & Associates Offer

We offer a variety of legal services, including:

Family Law

Our family law legal counsel helps people deal with different situations at the end of their marriage or with issues related to child adoption. We understand how sensitive these topics are, especially those pertaining to children, so we provide personalized care and appropriate legal counsel with the goal of a positive outcome for everyone.

Contested Divorce

People who want to split-up have two options, a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. A contested divorce is when a couple can’t agree on a fair division of assets, so they must seek legal support to help mediate the process.

We are experienced peacemakers in these cases, and we work hard to help everyone achieve a favorable settlement, even if it is not possible in the beginning. It is a complex process, but we have a high rate of success.

Uncontested Divorce

Many people go to incredible lengths to fight their partner on everything during divorce proceedings, but there are still those who want to end their marriage as peacefully as possible.

An uncontested divorce is a simple process, and we at Shepherd & Associates, P.C. will use our expertise to end your marriage harmoniously and without additional stress if you and your partner simply want to part ways. We will help you come to a mutual agreement on property division, alimony, child support, child custody, and parenting plans.

Adoptions

While adoption is one of the happiest events in life, it often requires a complicated legal process. Our team can help reduce your stress and guide you through the many steps, including your education and self-assessment, your home study with a child placement agency, the documentation and more.

Our extensive experience dealing with dozens of adoption cases will help us guide you from the start to the very day your new child joins your family.

Alimony

Financial assistance is often sought for a temporary period following a divorce to help a spouse maintain the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. Alimony is not a guarantee in Tennessee, but our team will do our best to plead your case persuasively.

A judge will consider several factors as they relate to a spouse finding employment, the needs of the children, the educational requirements of a spouse, health conditions, and more.

Child Custody

Shepherd & Associates, P.C. deals with child custody issues frequently. Our mission is to find a solution that puts the child and their needs first and then help parents come to a resolution that will allow them to remain a strong presence in the child’s life.

Child Support

Child support is a complex issue in Tennessee, which is why our role as child support attorneys is such an important one. Judges don’t always consider all of the aspects of the parent’s income and changes that might affect their ability to pay. We, on the other hand, keep the rights of the children and what is best for them in mind, while still going for fair treatment for you in court.

Grandparent Rights

Because grandparents are such an essential presence in a child’s life, we take serious steps to ensure that their rights are met after the parents’ divorce. The law is complicated in this area but with our expertise, navigating the Tennessee litigation will be seamless.

Whether you want to ensure that you get visitation rights or you want to take over custody of your grandchildren for their safety and well-being, Shepherd & Associates, P.C. is here for you.

Estate Planning

When you spend your life working hard to build wealth and prosperity for your family, it’s only right to have that wealth dispersed as you see fit after you pass away. Our attorneys are here to help you create a cohesive plan that ensures the continued care of your loved ones, including trusts, durable power of attorney for property, healthcare power of attorney, and a living will.

Criminal Law

Getting accused of a crime can be a bit overwhelming, but with our help, it can be more manageable. We will listen and offer the best legal counsel for your specific situation, including:

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are complicated, but the laws related to them are even more so. Litigation is not on your side, especially after the War on Drugs. However, at Shepherd & Associates, P.C., we will handle drug crimes from marijuana use to accusations of distribution and trafficking.

DUI Defense

Not many crimes get treated with such gravity as a DUI. However, we understand that cases such as these are not done on purpose, and are often mistreated or misrepresented by authorities. Contact Shepherd & Associates, P.C. to schedule an appointment if you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Traffic Violations

Traffic violation charges often come with expensive fines. To avoid them, you need a good lawyer to help you investigate the circumstances under which you were fined, and fight against them as needed.

Speeding Tickets

Speeding tickets are serious traffic violations, and fines can be sizable. They can also result in points being added to your license, which can negatively affect your insurance premiums and ultimately your ability to drive. In many speeding ticket situations, drivers believe that they were wrongfully charged. If this is the case for you, you may need a defense attorney to help clear your name.

Personal Injury

Personal injuries can have a grave effect on anyone’s life, regardless of their size. They are always unexpected, making it impossible to anticipate the medical bills, recovery time, and other problems that can take a toll on your personal and professional life. However, if your injury was caused by another person or entity’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to a financial settlement.

Auto Accidents

Big or small, auto accidents are immensely stressful. The team at Shepherd & Associates, P.C. is here to help you claim your insurance and cover all of the medical and material costs.

Trucking Accidents

Commercial truck accidents can be dangerous for both the operator and other passenger drivers on the road. When you seek compensation from the entities that issued those trucks, you can call us for legal help.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists often suffer the worst injuries when they crash, but drivers don’t always enjoy the insurance benefits. Call us to get the legal counsel you need to claim your insurance.

Slip & Fall Accidents

If you have slipped and fallen on public or privately owned property, you can win compensation for the damages from the responsible party.

Wrongful Death

Losing someone you love is difficult as it is; losing a loved one by someone else’s hand is even worse. While money can’t compensate for that loss, an experienced lawyer can help you recover the damages.

Social Security Disability

Do you have a mental or physical disability that is preventing you from working? Contact Shepherd & Associates, P.C. and work with us to receive social security disability you are entitled to.

SHEPHERD & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

Shepherd & Associates is located in Maryville, TN and serves clients in and around Rockford, Walland, Alcoa, Louisville and Blount County.

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