Joel D. Roettger, JD, LLM, EPLS

Mr. Roettger is a shareholder with the firm. He represents individuals, fiduciaries, entities, and charities in the areas of estate planning, estate administration/probate, trust law, taxation, business succession planning, tax-exemption issues and charitable giving. He frequently speaks to professionals and lay groups on issues related to estate planning and estate administration. He has been certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils since 2013.

(865) 525-5300 ext. 123


Master of Law (LL.M), Taxation
University of Florida College of Law, 2001

Juris  Doctor (J.D.) (cum laude)
University of Tennessee College of Law, 2000

Bachelor of Science, Finance (summa cum laude)
University of Tennessee, 1996


Estate Planning Law Specialist since 2013


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Knoxville Estate Planning Council (President, 2017 – 2018)


  • Cityview Magazine, Top Attorney since 2010, most recently in the categories of Estate Planning/Trusts and Wills/Probate
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2016 – 2017 

Previous Presentations:

  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • Probate Practice: The Essential Basics
  • Community Property Trusts
  • The Complete Trust Course
  • Estate Planning for Retirement Assets
  • Ethics

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Administration/Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Representation
  • Tax Exempt Entities
  • Federal, State & Local Taxation
  • Asset Protection

Blog Posts: Link

Recent Blog Posts:

Another increase. The 7520 rate continues to tick up for inflation. For June 2018, the 7520 rate will be 3.4%. A chart showing historical rates since…
A family member (the “principal”) has given power of attorney to a third party (the “agent”). The principal is now incapacitated, and you have concerns…
Tennessee has a statute for that.
Unchanged The 7520 rate is unchanged from April. For May 2018, the 7520 rate will be 3.2%. A chart showing historical rates since 2008 is here. Some…
Another increase. The 7520 rate has increased again. For April 2018, the 7520 rate is 3.2%. A chart showing historical rates since 2008 is here. Some estate…
These numbers will be adjusted annually for inflation based on the chained consumer price index (C-CPI-U). For more on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,…