LAW OFFICES OF
Estate Planning | Business Law | Private Trustee Services
Offices in Tennessee and Florida
An Attorney Who Cares About You, Your Family, and Your Future
We know that when you hire the Law Offices of Leigh Cowden to do your legal work, you’re counting on us to provide exceptional client service, not just now, but for many years to come.
We specialize in peace of mind.
Professional ethics and adherence to the highest standards of client service are why people trust us to be their legal counsel.
An attention to detail hard to find nowadays in any industry. Clients and professional colleagues comment on it regularly, and we’re proud of that.
Clients come to us in sometimes very difficult circumstances. No matter their situation, we are always focused on meeting their needs, both as legal advisors and as fellow human beings.
We invest a significant amount of time and money in continuing education and partnerships with other experts in their fields for the benefit of our clients.
Strength & Experience
You want your attorney to be tough but fair, strong but kind. We are those things and more, with over 15 years of legal experience and more than 30 years in the business world.
About Leigh Cowden
Leigh is a USAF Veteran, wife, mother and attorney, licensed in Tennessee, Florida, & New York. She’s been practicing law since 2007 and has over 30 years of business experience in several industries, including aviation, medical devices, insurance, securities and financial planning, hospitality, transportation logistics, university education, publishing, real estate investing, and both litigation and transactional legal practice. She’s lived in East Tennessee since 2018, and before that she lived in France for 8 1/2 years. Florida was her home for many years as well, along with California, New York, Idaho, Mississippi, and North Carolina. She’s been married to her husband Craig for over 20 years and has 5 children. She’s a big animal lover and a tennis fanatic. Today, she splits her time between Tennessee and Florida, with offices in both states.
Will-Based Estate Plans
Simple to slightly more complex, for those who have smaller estates and do not own real property.
Trust-Based Estate Plans
For those who want to avoid probate, avoid or lower taxes, protect vulnerable heirs, and take advantage of asset protection strategies. Essential for those who own property or businesses or have significant assets.
Trust Admin & Fiduciary Trustee Services
We can help manage your trust & serve as Trustee , insuring your beneficiaries receive assets from the trust as you’ve directed. Your quarterback for a smooth-running estate team.
High Net Worth Plans
For those with estates in excess of $10M, employing strategies that maximize tax savings, minimize capital gains, and take advantage of trust-friendly statutes. Maximize asset protection and protect generational wealth.
Probate administration with the court, compassionate coordination and guidance for the Personal Representative.
Power of Attorney, Advance Directives
All of the ancillary documents needed for a comprehensive estate plan.
LLC Business Formation
Excellent vehicles not just for your business entity, but also great for asset protection and mitigating risk.
We often see clients who come to our office seeking help with fixing problems that could have been avoided with some basic legal solutions. Don’t put off your business or estate planning for another moment. Take care of the things that are important to you TODAY.
Flat Fee Options
What Our Clients are Saying
Leigh is fantastic! I’ve been working on a startup and after some really poor guidance from other professionals, I’m in a complicated situation trying to save the five years worth of work I’ve been doing, my intellectual property and my dream. Leigh has been such a great resource, ally and supporter. I honestly just feel safer every time I talk to her. I can tell I’m in extremely qualified hands and no matter what happens from here, I at least feel like I had the best person on my team to handle the situation. If you want a solid foundation for your business, you NEED to hire her! You’ll be so glad to have her in your corner. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my business at this point! Thank you, Leigh!!
I’ve known Leigh since 2018 on a personal and business level. My husband and I have done several real estate projects with her. She is very knowledgeable in her field and very motivated to making sure you are treated fairly. She has lots of insight on numerous topics. Everything she puts her mind to she excels.
On a personal note, she is a very good person and a good friend. We are thankful that our paths crossed with her and her family as we embarked on our first business experience with her.
Planning Ahead Avoids Expensive Legal Problems
It might seem like a good idea to save money and cut corners by using online forms and the services of someone you’ll never meet on the Internet. But the expression “penny wise and pound foolish” often applies to the use of generic, one-size-fits-all legal forms. Invest in the things that will save you time, money, and future heartache. . .in other words: professional legal guidance from someone who has taken the time to learn about you, your assets, your concerns, and your plans for the future.
Every law firm manages its client relationships differently. We focus on exceptional client service and high level communications. This means your phone calls are returned the same day. Your legal matter is never put on the back burner. You are kept apprised of your legal matter in a timely fashion. And we are available to you when you need us. House calls are available for emergency situations.
How Our Client Relationships Start
Most clients enter our practice through a referral of a trusted friend, family member, or professional advisor or through attendance at a seminar. Our referral sources are often financial planners, bankers, attorneys, insurance agents, accountants, and others who work with people and their assets. They refer clients who are important to them because they know they can trust us to do an excellent job and treat their referrals like family.
Our First Meeting
We have a conversation either over the phone, Zoom, or in person about our services, your needs, and what we can do to assist you. The fee and costs related to these services are disclosed up front, and if you wish to proceed, we complete an Engagement Letter and collect part of the fee up front to begin the work.
We ask for a list of items or information we need to complete our work, often in the form of an online questionnaire. We have paper versions too. As the work continues, we may ask for more information or clarification of issues. You are always welcome to check in with us if you have questions or need anything.
Work is Completed and Explained
Once we have completed the work as outlined in our Legal Services Agreement, we collect the balance of the fees due and schedule a consultation with you to go over the finished product and sign the necessary documents. You are welcome to ask any questions necessary to fully understand what we’ve done for you. Our relationship continues for as long as you need it to, and we are happy to keep in touch over the years to ensure you have all the legal support you need.
Our Service Areas
Leigh Cowden, Esq. is licensed in Tennessee (Lic# 037968), Florida (Lic# 40890), New York (Lic# 5980412). Clients outside of these areas may still be able to hire the firm for their asset protection needs. Attorney consults available for in-person and Zoom meetings in Tennessee and Florida.
MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE :202 S. Washington St, 1st Floor | Maryville, TN 37804
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE: 9111 Cross Park Dr. #E111, Knoxville, TN 37923 (coming soon!)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA: 2401 PGA Boulevard, Ste. 280-A | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone & Email Contact (Tennessee & Florida Offices)
(865) 233-3353 or (561) 463-8311 | LC@Cowden.Law
In-Office appointments in the Florida office are available on the last Thursday & Friday of every month. Zoom appointments are available every weekday, 7am-5pm.