An Attorney Who Cares About You, Your Family, and Your Future
We know that when you hire us 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 are your attorneys for life.
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. It’s what we’re all about.
Clients come to us in sometimes very difficult circumstances. No matter their circumstances, we are always focused on meeting their needs, both legally 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.
Wills & Probate
Simple to slightly more complex, for those who have smaller estates and do not own property outside of their residences. Probate administration and representation for those who must probate a Will through the court.
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 Services
We can help manage your trust & serve as Trustee for your trust instruments, insuring your beneficiaries receive the benefits of 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.
Creating a new business or upgrading an existing entity, we will make sure you’re running your business like you should. Operating Agreements and Bylaws.
Business Risk Analysis
A comprehensive review of your operations, relationships, employment practices, insurances, and contracts, identifying risk.
Business Risk Mitigation
In conjunction with the Risk Analysis service, we can help you eliminate risk, lessen risk, or plan for necessary risks so that you can sleep better at night.
Ensuring that your business maintains maximum profitability in the event you can no longer be at the helm and it must be sold or passed on to your heirs.
Buying or selling a business requires legal expertise and protections. We’ve got you covered.
Contracts & IP
Every business needs custom contracts to manage relationships with vendors, partners, employees, and others. Trademarks, copyrights, and other brand protections.
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.
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 their 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. Our referral sources are often financial planners, bankers, 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 or in person about our services, your needs, and what we can do to serve 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 give you a list of items or information we need to complete our work. 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 Engagement Letter, we collect the balance of the fees due and schedule a consultation with you to go over the finished product. 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, Florida, New York, and Nationwide for Trademark and Copyright matters. Clients outside of these areas may still be able to hire the firm for their asset protection needs. Free consultations available.
206 S. Washington St., Ste. F | Maryville, TN 37804