Martin L. Pierce

Martin L. Pierce

Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law, Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate ...
  • Georgia, Tennessee
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Martin L. Pierce is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Tennessee Technological University in 1978. He received that institution's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1988. Martin received his law degree, with high honors, from the University of Memphis in 1981, where he was a published member of the University of Memphis Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Martin works primarily in the areas of: (1) Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorships, Guardianships, Business and Family Succession Planning, Medicaid & VA Planning, , Miller Trusts, Qualified Income Trusts, and Charitable Planning; (2) Business Entity Law, including Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships, Nonprofits, Tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) Organizations, Contracts, Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements, Leases, Real Estate documents, Foundations, etc.; (3) Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans, Cafeteria Plans, Health Savings Accounts, COBRA and ERISA; and (4) various other Tax law matters.

He is a Certified Estate Planning Specialist with the ABA-accredited National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and the Tennessee Supreme Court. An AV Preeminent rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell, he is also a Mid-South Super Lawyer® in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law, was selected to Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates, and is an AVVO Top-Rated Lawyer. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and he is an Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, a member of the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council (Past President, 2006-07) and the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners (President, 2007-08), and he was a Charter Member of the Chattanooga Planned Giving

University of Memphis
J.D. | Law
Honors: Law Review (published) Top 5% American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts & Ethics
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Tennessee Technological University
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Highest Average in College of Arts & Sciences
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Professional Experience
Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law, Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
- Current
Husch, Blackwell, Sanders, Welsh & Katz LLP
Head of Tennessee Estate Planning & Employee Benefits Sections
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Head of Trust & Estates Section
Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, P.C.
Estate Planning
Young Alumnus of the Year
Tennessee Technological University
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar  # 009608
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Chattanooga Estate Planning Council
President 2006-07
- Current
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Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
President 2007-08
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Low, flat fee for many common services, documents and needs! Rates from $75 per hour (Paralegal) to $350 per hour (Senior most Attorney for certain matters)
Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Elder Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Conservatorships & Guardianships
  • Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives (Powers of Attorney, etc.)
  • Medicaid Planning
  • LLCs, Corporations, etc.
  • Succession Planning
  • Nonprofits, Tax-exempt Organizations & 501(c)(3)
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law
4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 109
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Telephone: (423) 648-4303