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Amanda N. Jelks

Probate Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

4.8   26 reviews

also known as Amanda N. Ray


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About Amanda

Learn Amanda’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    40%
    Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. I can guide you through the complex probate process.

  2. Business
    20%

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%

  4. Estate planning
    20%
    You better stop procrastinating today. Planning your estate is much much easier when you're still active and cognizant. The less physically and mentally capable you become with age, the harder this will become to do, but it's no less urgent. Call.

Amanda Jelks is a Chattanooga native who focuses her law practice on providing peace of mind to business owners by helping them protect the business they have worked so hard to build.  Amanda also assists business owners and families with estate planning.

 

Amanda attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for undergrad and the University of Memphis for law school, both on academic scholarships.  Prior to starting her own law firm, Amanda spent 5 years working for one of the largest firms in southeast Tennessee and gained invaluable experience handling very sophisticated and complex matters. 

 

Apart from her law practice, Amanda is very active in the community.  Amanda serves on the board for Chattanooga Room in the Inn and the MOMentum Network.  Additionally, Amanda regularly gives motivational speeches regarding overcoming adversities to acheive the "impossible."  You can read more about Amanda's personal experience in this area at . 

Licensed for 13 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/03/2022
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Amanda

Jelks Law, PLLC
201 Frazier Ave.
Suite F
Chattanooga, TN, 37405

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
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Posted by Veronika | March 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service, fast and convenient
Loved working with Amanda. She is extremely knowledgeable and her office was very prompt in responding to questions, making appointments, and filing documents. Very satisfied with the results of our case and will not only recommend Amanda to family and friends, but will definitely come back for our future legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Getting our Trust Completed
Amanda made getting our Family Trust completed easy! She was helpful in explaining in detail the questions we asked her and gave us explanations of the pros and cons of what we wanted to achieve. Her office staff is friendly and their work was done in a very timely manner!
Posted by Cheryl J. | July 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Law experience ever
My family and I live in New England and recently had a relative residing in Tennessee pass away with a small estate and no beneficiary, so we contacted the Tennessee Bar Association and they referred three Probate Lawyers. The second Attorney that we called and the one that we chose was Amanda Jelks. The consultation that we had was extremely informative and covered everything from our options, Tennessee Law, and legal fees. She, as well as her staff, were very professional and made the Small Estate Probate process seem effortless. I don't normally review products or services, however, Amanda and her staff definitely deserve 5 stars and we would highly recommend this Attorney to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great customer service
Attorney Jelks and her team did a fantastic job with my family regarding estate planning. During our initial consultation Attorney Jelks explained each step of estate planning in detail and allowed us, my wife and I, to ask questions as needed. No stone was left unturned before leaving our consultation with attorney Jelks. Attorney Jelks set clear expectations and deadlines to which all were met. We would recommend attorney Jelks and her team to our closes family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Small business owner
Amanda was so helpful and knowledgeable about all the legal aspects of owning and operating a small business. Amanda helped get our business set up the right way. Now we can rest assured that we are doing everything correct. Amanda helped with the formation of the LLC, the independent contracts, and learning about no compete policies. The world of business can be very intimidating and having Amanda to help us set everything up correctly was such a blessing. We are so thankful for her and her law firm. Everyone is just wonderful!
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Posted by Amanda | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy
Amanda is very efficient and I felt so much safer signing my contracts after her professional evaluation of them! Thank you so much! Will absolutely consult her in the future.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will preparation
I appreciated the professionalism as well as the compassion that Attorney Jelks showed me. I feel confident my affairs were handled appropriately.
Posted by Ed | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Amanda assisted me in setting up a will and trust. She is very professional and had answers for all of my questions. I will be returning to her to work on a few things for my business.
Posted by Deitra | July 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In Our Name
I would like to thank Amanda Jelk's for helping us we were being kicked out of our own home. My husband mother had passed and didn't leave a will so the brother that was living their thought he could put us out I reached out to Amanda and she knew just what to do. She also helped us change the dead on the house to all parties involved so that we would have no problems with being able to sell the house or keep it. I am so glad I came to her I have already recommend her to other people.
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Posted by Carol | June 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Service
After meeting with Amanda, I really felt at ease about what my next steps would be. She was patient and understanding. She answered all of my questions and explained in detail those things that I was not sure of. I would highly recommend her to others.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Dispute
We met with several lawyers before meeting with Amanda about a business dispute. After our initial consultation, we hired her on the spot!!. She took the time to hear all our concerns and then gave her recommendation. After reviewing the documents we provided to her she found EVEN MORE issues at hand we didn’t even see. She is extremely knowledgeable in corporate law and got us the results we wanted to see. We have recommended her to several of our friends who are business owners and she now represents them as well. I continue to recommend her hands down from other firms in the area. She cares for her clients and makes them feel comfortable even when the situation at hand is difficult.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks to her
I was completely lost in how to handle a situation and was about ready to throw in the towel. Lucky for me, I was told about Ms. Jelks and decided to give her a call. Her staff was nice and informative, she was professional and prompt in getting back to be. Her price was not cheap, but reasonable. Looking back, I would've lost thousands more than what I paid I her if I didn't retain her when I did. Great person and attorney. I even learned many things along the way. I told her she should be a teacher by night. I'm going to keep her number, but hopefully I'm never in a situation where I need to call her again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Planning
I could not be happier with the service I received from Amanda Jelks. She is extremely efficient and professional. She was responsive to my phone calls and emails and always available to answer my questions. Her fees are exceptional for the service she provides.
Posted by Jennifer | November 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful person
I had to hire Mrs. Jelks due to a family member passing away. She is very understanding and considerate. She took the time to listen to my needs and explained everything to me so that I had no questions and a peace of mind. She is very down to earth and means business.
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
Amanda is phenominal- she helped me with making daunting contracts turn into simple legal work. Excellent services, strongly qualified, trustworthy, She is so friendly, personable, and affordable too.
Posted by Paula Coll | June 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Problems with home we're selling
We are selling our home and closing in 20 days. Today I found a problem which could be of harm. I sought legal advice and all my concerns and questions were answered to the letter. Ms. Jelks knows her stuff and I would use no one else. Can't thank her enough for her help and keeping me from being used if I had sold knowing this. Ms. Jelks is a great asset to Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee.
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Posted by Maria | April 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superb Service
Jelks Law is beyond proficient and professional. Amanda is not only caring but also very sharp. Her ability to perform well but also maintain a personal connection with me as a client was amazing. I would refer anyone to Jelks Law simply because Amanda get things done, is impeccable with timing, and truly cares. I am beyond satisfied and will continue to be a future client.
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Posted by Clea | April 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Adviser!
Amanda is a great contract lawyer. I trust her opinions about the legal issues in my field and would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Joshua | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WOW just WOW
I contacted Amanda Jelks to review a contract and it was the best decision i could've made. Not only did she save me from signing a bogus contract but she educated me along the way. The contract review was so good that I used her to revise the contract. The other party didn't dispute the revision and was in my favor. Thanks Amanda!
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Posted by Richard | August 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Finally an attorney that is a true straight shooter!!!!
Let me start off by saying that my history with attorneys, although somewhat limited, has not been pleasant. I often felt like I was over charged and the attorney under delivered. That was not the case with Mrs. Jelks. She did everything that she said she would do in our initial consultation, at the price quoted, and in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend her for anybody seeking legal advice.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Jelks Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contract Law Professor (Adjunct)
  • University Of Tennessee At Chattanooga
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Law Clerk - Externship
  • United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Pinnacle Airlines Corp.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Research Assistant
  • University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • The University of Memphis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Associations

  • Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • City of Chattanooga's Health, Education and Housing Facilities Board
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute (CWLI)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • MOMentum Network
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Young Professionals Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chattanooga Theatre Centre
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Women Mean Business
  • Committee Member - Member Engagement
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
  • Chair - Communications
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Chattanooga Room in the Inn
  • Chair - Program and Personnel Committee
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Chattanooga Room in the Inn
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. - Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court
  • Past Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Educational Opportunity Center
  • Advisory Board
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Emerging Business of the Year
  • Urban League
  • 2018
  • Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals in Chattanooga
  • Chatter Magazine & Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Rising Star Selection
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • 2011
  • Team Member
  • Frederick Douglass National Moot Court
  • 2010
  • Moot Court Board
  • The University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2009
  • Semi-Finalist
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • 2009
  • Cecil C. Humphreys Fellowship Recipient
  • The University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2009
  • Vice President
  • Black Law Students Association
  • 2008
  • Cecil C. Humphreys Fellowship Recipient
  • The University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2008
  • Dean's Award for Excellence, Best Oral Advocate
  • The University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2008
  • Quarter-Finalist
  • Moot Court Competition for First Year Law Students
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter - Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • Entrepreneurship 101: From Lawyer to Law Firm Owner
  • 2016
  • MOMentum Network's Girls Night Out
  • Success Stories Panel
  • 2015
  • Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. - Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court
  • CLE on E-Discovery
  • 2014
  • High School Graduation
  • Commencement Speaker
  • 2013
  • Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program
  • Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program
  • 2011
  • Girls Inc. of Chattanooga
  • Graduation Workshops
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amanda Jelks is a phenomenal attorney who is not only knowledgeable, but also cares for her clients. She uses her wide breadth of experience to zealously represent her clients while always maintaining a professional, yet friendly demeanor. Amanda Jelks is the only attorney that I refer my clients to for their elder law and probate needs."
Business Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently referred a business client to Amanda Jelks because I trust her counsel. She is a true professional and can assist startup clients as well as more seasoned business owners. I would not hesitate to recommend her in the future."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda is a go getter, always passionate about representing her clients well, and very professional. She is hardworking and extremely diligent. I highly recommend her."
Business Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is highly skilled and detail-oriented."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Amanda Jelks on several Guardianship matters. During each such matter, I found Ms. Jelks' representation to be zealous and informed. I would endorse Ms. Jelks without reservation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda is a meticulous attorney and gives personalized attention to all of her clients. I highly recommend her services to anyone."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Jelks is a conscientious and dedicated advocate for her clients. I highly recommend this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure that I endorse this attorney. Amanda truly cares about her clients and is the consummate professional."
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