Elder Law Attorney

Attorney Katie E. Wise practices Estate Planning, Probate, and Conservatorship at Elder Law of East Tennessee. She came to the firm with a background in real estate law, which provides a unique perspective for her to understand and plan for the long-term implications of estate planning. In her previous role she witnessed the challenges families faced when their wills, trusts, and similar documents were not properly executed. Katie helps individuals and families be proactive by planning ahead to avoid missteps and complications so that they can focus on what really matters to them. She also helps establish surrogate decision-makers who can provide support in a time of need. Through her Probate practice she works on the other side of the estate planning process, guiding families who have suffered a recent loss and who now face the complexities of settling the estate through a court. With her assistance, clients can navigate the process with confidence knowing that they have a knowledgeable, compassionate, and detail-oriented advocate by their side.

Katie is by nature a good listener and a tenacious problem-solver who thrives on researching the law and its nuances. As a member of Belmont College of Law’s founding class, she loves being involved in the collaborative process to build something successful. These skills serve her clients as she addresses their complex legal challenges, guides them through options to make sound decisions, and obtains outcomes that give them greater peace of mind. Katie also has a background in working with families whose children have special needs. Her understanding and empathy for their unique abilities helps to fuel her advocacy for what is truly best for each family member.

Austin Peay State University, B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2011
Belmont University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2014

Knoxville Bar Association, Barristers Young Lawyers Division
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association

What is the problem you are best at solving for your clients?

I’m passionate about learning about my clients in order to tailor my work to meet their specific needs. As a detail-oriented and compassionate person, clients can rely on me to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed while keeping in mind the real life circumstances they are facing.

What excites you about your work and the contribution you make to the ELET team?

I value the relationship I’m able to have with clients. I appreciate the trust people place with me and do my best to help them navigate difficult circumstances. I love when a client recognizes I am more than a business associate. I want to be an ally working alongside them to achieve their goals.

What do you love most about ELET? 

I appreciate how dynamic and collaborative ELET is. Our team is not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to the well-being of our clients as well as our own office environment. No one employee stands alone in a role; We are all capable and willing to work with one another’s strengths in order to give our clients and the community at large a great resource.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? 

When I am not working I love to travel internationally, cook, read, or be outdoors. Of late, I am most likely to simply be home enjoying time with my husband and new daughter.  

Fun fact:

I’ve been a lifelong climber! I have gone from scaling privacy fences to go play with neighbors as a child to indoor rock climbing as an adult. I’m hoping to make the jump to outdoor rock climbing soon.