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Sara Elizabeth Barnett

Family Attorney at Jackson, TN

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sara

Learn Sara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    A family lawyer attorney helps clients with legal issues that relate to their family relationships, such as child custody or divorce. They can represent clients in court proceedings, advocate for them during negotiations, draft documents.

    21 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Services include divorce; marital property division; spousal and child support matters; adoption; custody cases; paternity matters; and prenuptial, postnuptial, and marital agreements.

    21 years

  3. Elder law
    Elder law attorneys provide counsel for older clients and their loved ones serving as advocates for the rights of seniors, and assist in he preservation of assets for personal benefit and care of seniors.

    21 years

  4. Estate planning
    An estate planning attorney is a licensed attorney who specializes in end-of-life planning. Also known as an estate probate attorney or an estate planner, they can help educate you on the estate planning process and trusts and wills and other tools.

    21 years

  5. Adoption
    As an adoption attorney, Sara works to help families through the adoption process. Ultimately, adoption attorneys aim to facilitate a finalized, legal adoption.

    21 years


Sara is a partner in the firm of Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, PLC in Jackson, Tennessee. Sara is the lead attorney for our Estate Planning and Family Law section. Sara started her practice as a trial lawyer but now focuses her practice on elder law, estate planning, and family law. Sara is dedicated to the success of the Firm's clients and knows that many are going through some of most difficult times in their lives. Sara strives to communicate with her clients in a clear, compassionate, and knowledgeable way to make it easier for clients to understand the legal process and help to comfort them.

She has experience in areas of life care planning, elder law, senior law, and estate planning including TennCare/Medicaid planning, conservatorships, probate administration, and elder abuse. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She also has handled various areas of litigation practicing on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in various areas of litigation including family law, divorce, adoption, child custody and child support. In 2017, Sara was recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for exceptional and outstanding client service as a top 10 in the State of Tennessee.

Sara has been given Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating of AV, which is the group's highest honor and is a testament to the fact that Ms. Barnett's peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. Sara has also been honored to be selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.


Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Posted by Rhonda | March 22, 2022
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Sara Barnett
I would highly recommend Sara Barnett if you are looking to hire attorney. She help me get all my mom stuff taking care. Day one Sara was there all the way to end . I really appreciated what she did for me and my mother .
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2022
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Recommendation for Sara Barnett
Sara did an excellent job assisting us with our legal matter. She was efficient and knowledgeable and very kind. I recommend her without hesitation
Posted by Amy | January 5, 2022
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Sara worked with me through an unusual divorce and was able to help me figure out exactly how things needed to be done to accomplish a peaceful end to a long and complex relationship.
Posted by Amanda | April 19, 2021
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I hired Ms. Barnett as an adoption lawyer after my first lawyer dropped the ball. She was amazing! Very responsive, pleasant to work with, and affordable. I will for sure use her again if the need arises!
Posted by Nancy | April 11, 2020
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Spousal retirement
Sarah took on a large corporation to help me receive retirement benefits I was due from a retired spouse who had passed. She stayed in touch and did a magnificent job. I have only good things to say about her.
Posted by Kirk | February 20, 2020
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Sara did an excellent explaining the process, what to expect and delivered at said fee, and I received a very good result in mediation.
Posted by Susie | January 26, 2017
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Home Construction Suit
Sara filed a complaint for me against a carpenter/builder that had built a roof and an extension off my deck. The extension was sub-par and did not conform to specs. The builder did hire a lawyer. Sara filed all the necessary paperwork and was directly successful for us winning this case. I was reimbursed an appropriate amount of the price for the work. I was very pleased with the outcome of this case.
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Posted by Joseph | October 31, 2016
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Easier than Expected Adoption
I consulted and hired Sara Barnett to handle a step-parent adoption. The tricky part is that I am AD military stationed outside the USA. Due to our specific situation, Sara was able to help the judge agree to hear our petition via the internet saving my family a trip to TN (time and dollars). Thank you, Sara, for your assistance in getting this matter resolved for our family in a quick and efficient manner.
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Response from Sara Barnett November 2, 2016
Thank you for the review. I enjoyed working with you! I am glad we were able to get it done quickly and save some money!
Posted by Spring | October 7, 2016
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Very knowledgeable and Caring, Excellent Attorney
Sara was great to work with! She helped us through the process of adoption in a very quick timeline! She was very caring and had great resources for home studies and adoption education. She responded quickly to all of our questions and concerns! It was such a smooth and easy process because of Sara and her efforts! I would recommend Sara to anyone! She is the best!
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Response from Sara Barnett October 20, 2016
Thank you. I enjoyed working with you and your husband! I am so happy that you were able to adopt those sweet little children.
Posted by Mary | October 7, 2016
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divorce lawyer
I hired Sara Barnett to represent me in my recent divorce. I am not originally from Tennessee and she was very versed in the Tennessee law related to divorce. also she was very level headed and many times helped me realize not to jump to conclusions to make very logical decisions to get what a wanted and not prolong the divorce any longer than needed.
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Response from Sara Barnett October 20, 2016
Thank you for the nice review. I really appreciate it!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, PLC
  • 2001 - Present


  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Union University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tarver v. Tarver
  • Judgment Affirmed
  • Ingram v. Ingram
  • Judgment Affirmed
  • Estate of Bentley v. Byrd
  • Judgment reversed
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  • Tennessee Access to Justice Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2022 - Present
  • USTA Tennessee
  • President
  • 2021 - Present
  • Boys and Girls Club of Jackson
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Jackson West Tennessee Tennis Association
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association chapter
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Inns of Court chapter
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Jackson-Madison-Henderson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Legal Association of Women
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • USTA Tennessee
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorney -Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Cali Award Excellence for Future - Federal Courts
  • CALI
  • 2001
  • Dean's Award for Excellence -- Federal Courts
  • University of Memphis
  • 2000
  • Dean's Award for Best Memorandum
  • University of Memphis
  • 1999
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  • The Bencher
  • What We Learned about the Practice of Law and Ourselves from the Novel Coronavirus - co-Author
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

  • Supervisor Training
  • Harrassment at Workplace
  • 2016
  • Evidence Seminar
  • Admissibility of Evidence and Witnesses
  • 2014
  • Workers Compensation Review
  • Workers Compensation
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is the consummate professional and cares greatly about her clients. Her sharp mind and exceptional legal skills make her the great lawyer that she is."
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Jackson Family Lawyer Sara Elizabeth Barnett
Sara Elizabeth Barnett
Family Attorney
Jackson, TN
Licensed for 23 years