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.
Mrs. Choate 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
• Member of the Central Board of The Carl Perkins Child Abuse Prevention Center.
• Trusts and Endowment Committee (Carl Perkins CAP)
• Leadership Jackson Alumni Association.
• Board of Directors for the Jackson Symphony and the Jackson Symphony League.
• Board of Directors for the Discovery Museum of West Tennessee.
Nancy and her husband of thirty-one years, Curtis, are active members of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee where they enjoy singing in the choir and serving as Sunday School small group leaders. Curtis recently retired as a teacher at Tigrett Middle School and now serves as office manager for the law firm. They have two children, Anna, a recent graduate of Union University who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and Will, a student at Madison Academic Magnet High School in Jackson, Tennessee. Curtis and Nancy enjoy traveling with their children and supporting the performing arts.
Joseph Howell, a West Tennessee native and graduate of the University School of Jackson, obtained his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law. Following his admission to the Bar, Mr. Howell practiced with the firm of Hollins, Wagster & Yarbrough, P.C. in Nashville and was a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Harry Phillips Inn of Court. Following the birth of their first child, Mr. Howell and his wife, Lori, returned to Jackson, where he accepted a position as an Assistant District Public Defender for the 26th Judicial District of Tennessee. In 2006, Mr. Howell opened his own firm. Mr. Howell is a graduate of Leadership Jackson and serves on the Board of Directors for Madison County CASA. Mr. Howell is a member of both the Tennessee state courts as well as the United States District Courts for both Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Howell, his wife and two (2) children are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Joseph's areas of practice are elder law, estate planning, probate and estate administration and litigation.