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At Pope Law Offices, we are dedicated to helping our clients get the justice they deserve. Our firm is located in Cleveland and Athens, TN, and has been serving communities across East Tennessee for nearly 20 years. With an extensive history of successful cases. We have experience handling a wide range of practice areas, including social security disability, personal injury/automobile accident, and family law.

We believe that every case is unique and deserves careful attention. We know how to find creative solutions for our clients’ problems, but we also strive to protect your rights through traditional means where possible.

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Our Practice Areas

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability is a federal program that provides benefits to people who are unable to work due to a severe medical condition. The Social Security Administration determines eligibility for disability benefits and can help you apply for them if you qualify.

The SSA also provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is an income supplement for people with disabilities who have limited income and resources. SSI recipients may also be eligible for Medicaid coverage of medical services not covered by Medicare.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it’s time to talk with an experienced attorney who can help you fight the decision and get your benefits back on track.

Personal Injury/Automobile Accident

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence or have been involved in a car accident, we can help.

Personal injury law covers a range of cases where you have suffered harm through no fault of your own. Our firm represents people injured by the careless or negligent acts of others, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites and other animal attacks, medical malpractice, defective products, dangerous premises liability (including unsafe playgrounds), wrongful death, and more.

We know that dealing with the aftermath of an injury can be overwhelming. We will help you navigate the legal process so that you can focus on healing from your injuries — whether that means getting back to work or pursuing a full recovery from serious injuries.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process of making decisions about what will happen to your assets and other resources after you die. It can be difficult to think about, but it’s important to put these plans in place before something happens that makes it impossible for you to do so.

If you’re unsure where to start with estate planning or want an expert opinion on whether your current plan is adequate, we can help. We’ll take the time to help you understand your options and ensure that everything is as secure as possible.


Probate is the legal process of handling the estate of a deceased person.

It’s typically necessary when someone dies without a will and has no surviving spouse or other next of kin who can inherit their property. In this case, the state—rather than the deceased individual’s family or friends—takes control of the estate.

Probates can be long and complicated, especially if there are many assets to be distributed, but it’s important for you to know that you don’t have to go through them alone. You can hire an attorney to handle probate for you, so all you have to do is provide information about your loved one and their assets.


Conservatorships are a legal agreement between an adult and a child or an adult and another adult. This agreement aims to protect the interests of someone unable to manage their own affairs, such as a person with a mental disability or developmental disability.

The conservator is responsible for managing the financial and medical affairs of the person who needs help managing their own life.

Real Estate

Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including buying and selling properties, handling purchases and sales agreements, drafting leases, managing property transactions, and working with lenders.

We understand that buying or selling a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why we take our clients’ needs seriously — we strive to ensure that every transaction runs smoothly from start to finish so there are no surprises along the way.

Criminal Defense

At Pope Law Offices, we believe everyone deserves a fair trial. We take the time to get to know you, your family, and your situation so that we can provide you with the best possible defense.

We understand that the system can be confusing, especially when you’re facing criminal charges. That’s why we spend as much time as needed explaining how things work and what options are available for you. We’ll always keep you up-to-date on any changes in your case, including all court dates and hearings.

We’re here for you every step of the way — and will stay by your side until this is behind you!

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is a type of law that deals with disputes between individuals, companies, or other parties. Civil litigation can be based on a variety of different causes of action, including breach of contract, fraud, injury to person or property, and more.

If you need to hire an attorney for your civil litigation needs, we’re here to help! We’re located in Cleveland and Athens, TN, and we have years of experience handling civil litigation cases.

Family Law

When you need a family law attorney to help you navigate divorce, child custody, and other matters of family law, you want someone who can be a trusted friend. You want someone who will listen to your concerns and advocate for your best interests. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of their field and can help you make the right decisions for your unique situation.

At Pope Law Offices, we provide a listening ear and an experienced hand in family law matters. We’re here for you every step of the way — from initial consultations through final hearings or settlements — because we know how important it is for you to have someone in your corner when making these tough decisions.

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What does civil litigation actually mean?

When people are upset at the actions or inactions of another and a lawsuit occurs, whether for a business or an individual, this falls into civil litigation. To reduce or alleviate the potential cost to the defendant, you must have litigation attorneys on your side.

Civil laws do not carry the same penalties as criminal law cases, but you still do not want to risk paying more than you need to. This is especially true when you consider the potential cost of court-related expenses. Oftentimes, civil litigation cases can be settled out of court and at a reduced settlement amount.

Civil lawsuits may be involved when you are dealing with:

  • Contract disputes
  • Marriage
  • Accidents
  • Negligence
  • Probate
  • Property disputes
  • Commercial law

If you are facing civil litigation, then you need to have the legal services of a qualified litigation lawyer to act in your defense. Without it, you may end up with costs that exceed what it may be necessary to pay – if you had a civil attorney acting in your defense.

Several stages are involved in civil litigation cases, which include:

  • Investigation
  • Pleadings
  • Discovery
  • Pre-trial
  • Trial
  • Settlement and Appeal

Because a civil can be dropped at any point, you want to be sure to have a highly experienced civil lawyer on your side. After all, you can be sure those parties on the other side will have the best.

The litigation attorneys at Pope Law Offices in Athens, TN, are well experienced in handling civil lawsuits. Charles Pope has successfully handled many private and corporate cases and won them against claims totaling over $35,000,000.

What does a constitutional lawyer do?

Every one of us who lives in this great country is well aware of the freedoms this country has promised its citizens. Sometimes, those freedoms are threatened, and action needs to be taken for people, businesses, and even states to continue to enjoy those freedoms.

The Constitution guarantees that your freedoms are protected under the various Articles and the Bill of Rights. Here are just a few of the freedoms that are guaranteed and for which you may need a constitutional lawyer to defend you:

  • Freedom of speech and press
  • Freedom of religion
  • Protection from search and seizure
  • Eminent domain
  • Due process of law
  • Discrimination
  • Rights of prisoners
  • And many more!

Constitutional lawyers specialize in cases pertaining to violating your rights as a citizen (even criminals have rights) or if you have been charged with violating someone else’s constitutional rights. To get the best solutions to cases dealing with constitutional rights, you need lawyers that are well-versed in constitutional law and are familiar with constitutional interpretation.

Charles Pope has been specially recognized for his success with a number of high-profile cases dealing with constitutional law. He has received specialized training in it and has appeared on Fox News and in various nationally syndicated publications because of it. He has also worked on both sides, as prosecution and defense, making him the ideal constitutional attorney to meet your needs.

If you are facing a problem where you need to have legal representation provided for you (criminal or otherwise) in a constitutional law situation, we at Pope Law Offices invite you to contact us. We would be glad to meet with you and provide an initial consultation.

What charges can be made in a criminal defense case?

When you have been charged with a crime – whether a misdemeanor or Federal – you want to have a highly qualified criminal defense attorney working on your side. You can be sure that the prosecution will be sharp, and you need the same quality, or better, handling your case.

You may want to secure the services of a specialized criminal defense attorney for many different charges. Here are some categories for which you may need one:

  • Federal Crimes
  • Driving Offenses
  • Drug Crimes
  • Misdemeanor Crimes
  • Fraud Charges
  • Felony Crimes

One very important matter to remember when you are facing charges of any kind is that you are facing the possibility of a potentially great cost to you. This cost could come from incarceration, fines, a criminal record, restitution, and more. Also, remember that the prosecution can access almost unlimited funds to provide a thorough case against you. You do not want to settle for a second-rate defense attorney.

At Pope Law Offices in Athens, TN, you will have defense lawyers who are experienced in defending criminal cases and winning them. Charles Pope has served as both prosecutor and defense attorney in many criminal cases that range from corporate embezzlement to homicide and knows how to win. Call us today for more information!

What is estate planning?

Planning for handling your estate is very important if you want to control exactly where your money and personal property will go when the time comes. Since state and Federal taxes can take a large chunk out of them before they ever get distributed, professional estate planning can enable your beneficiaries to receive a much larger portion, and you can lose less to taxes.

While simple documents could easily be written and fulfilled, they can be easily thwarted, and your assets end up not going to the ones you intended. An estate planning attorney, however, can enable your estate documents to include various protections against that from happening.

If you have loved ones you want to ensure are provided for when you pass on, or if you should become incapacitated in some way, then you need an experienced estate planner to ensure they will be taken care of according to your desires. This can include things like guardianships, establishing a trust for their care and future education, avoiding expensive probate, and ensuring that you are provided for properly with a living will and power of attorney, if they should ever be needed.

Here are some estate planning services that an estate planning attorney can provide for you:

  • Estate planning
  • Will writing
  • Power of attorney forms
  • Tax reduction
  • Revocable trust or other trusts
  • Living will form
  • Long-term care
  • Education
  • Life insurance
  • Gifts

An estate planning attorney is also able to help you reduce taxes and provide you with the tools you need for better money management, too. This may include services involving:

Business Partnerships
Business Insurance
Retirement Plans
Debt Protection
Joint Tenancy

Attorneys at Pope Law Offices are ready to meet with you and help you with effective estate planning services. We are experienced and licensed to perform these services in both Tennessee and Alabama. Call our offices today for an initial consultation and get your estate planning needs started. We look forward to hearing from you.

To schedule a consultation, get in touch with us at 423-746-8880.

Pope Law Offices

Cleveland Location
1510 Stuart Road NE, Suite 107
Cleveland, TN 37312

Athens Location
130 E Washington Ave.
Athens, TN 37303

Mailing Address
1510 Stuart Rd Suite 107
Cleveland, TN 37312

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