Areas of Practice

At Collins Shipley, PLLC, we understand that when you are going through a stressful time, you need someone you can depend on. We make it our mission to provide every client with the dependable representation and guidance they need to help them through this difficult and confusing time.

Areas of legal service we offer include, but are not limited to:

Federal Criminal Law

If you have been charged with a federal crime, you need to get legal representation right away. A federal conviction is much more severe than other types of crimes. The government will have unlimited resources to use in preparing their case against you. Collins Shipley, PLLC is knowledgeable in how the system works and will provide you with the legal representation you need, helping you understand your rights through your case.

Criminal Law

Our legal team has handled many criminal cases. We focus on keeping our clients out of jail. Facing criminal charges is no joke; when you're under investigation, you need a lawyer to look out for you and protect your rights. We will make sure you get the best possible defense for your case.

Family Law and Divorce

We handle all types of domestic matters from paternity to adoptions, simple uncontested divorces to complex contested divorce trials. We have handled numerous child custody cases within divorces, including cases obtaining custody for both fathers and mothers. Once your divorce is complete, there are often modifications or enforcement issues that need addressed. We handle those as well. If you are in a divorce or have post divorce issues, a knowledgeable, and experienced legal counsel, is a must to protect your interests.

Custody Issues

We understand that child custody is a very sensitive and emotionally charged issue. At Collins Shipley, PLLC, we will take into account the family dynamic, habits, and past behaviors in order to work with the laws to create a custody plan that is designed with your best interests as well as your child’s.

Collins Shipley, PLLC has extensive experience and is highly skilled in representing clients in complex custody matters. It is very important to retain an attorney as quickly as possible when custody is at issues since the initial determination of a temporary custody arrangement is vital. Ultimately all custodial arrangements or decisions are made in the best interest of the child and by the approval of the court.

Child Support

The non-primary residential parent, by law, is obligated to pay child support to the residential parent. The Child Support Standards Act controls the amount to be paid. Payments are based on the person's gross income as well as the amount of time each parent has with the Child. The calculation and negotiation is important so that Child Support is set up to adhere to what is appropriate for both parents involved. As a result, it is extremely important that experienced attorneys are involved in the process to protect you concerning these factors.

Dependent and Neglect Matters

Dependency and neglect cases can be intimidating and emotionally overwhelming. Family members seeking custody of Children in dependent-neglect matters or parents defending accusations of such, these cases are complex and require experienced practice when handling. Collins Shipley, PLLC is ready to help his clients resolve these dependency and neglect issues effectively and compassionately.


There are situations where an adult may need legal protection. They may have been injured in an accident, have a condition that prevents them from being able to care for themselves, or they could have a psychological disorder. Should this be the case, a conservatorship can be created.

A conservatorship is a legal arrangement that is created to ensure a person’s finances are in order and they are properly taken care of. Collins Shipley, PLLC can guide you in choosing a reliable conservator who puts the needs of the one in need first.

Special Needs Trust

If you have a loved one with special needs, it is important to have a special needs plan set up for them. This plan will focus on protecting them and ensuring they have a higher quality of life. A very important part of any special needs plan is a Special Needs Trust.

A Special Needs Trust is generally established by the parents, grandparents, or guardian of the person with special needs. This trust will help to pay for things that will allow them to live a richer quality of life. It is very important to seek legal assistance when creating a Special Needs Trust to ensure that the trust is drafted correctly. Collins Shipley, PLLC has experience and expertise in establishing Special Needs Trusts for clients looking to provide to a disabled beneficiary.

Property Management

Collins Shipley, PLLC provides a variety of legal services to property owners and property management clients. These clients can include commercial and residential property owners, property management companies, commercial landlords, lenders and developers. We provide a range of lease-related services and legal support to our property management clients. These services include preparation of leases, evictions, collections, garnishments, and post eviction matters.

Landlord Tenant Matters

It is important for landlords to be aware of any potential issues they may have with tenants in order to avoid liability. Tenants have rights, and these rights should be understood so as not to violate them. Collins Shipley, PLLC has represented both tenants and landlords through different matters concerning residential, private, and commercial properties. Collins Shipley, PLLC offers lease drafting and negotiating services, and he helps create arrangements that will prevent disagreements between the landlord and tenant in the future. From evictions and damages to collections, Collins Shipley, PLLC is experienced in all of these areas. Should you have any issues with your tenant or landlord, call us today for more information!

Personal Injury

If you have been injured or a loved one was killed as the result of another person's actions, you may have the right to compensation. Whether the injury or death was intended or the result of negligence, you and your loved ones have a right to safety, and if that right has been violated you deserve compensation for physical, monetary, and even emotional losses.

Last Will and Testament

A last Will and testament is a legal document that provides your wishes to be followed after your death. A Will controls the division of your individually owned assets and appoints guardians for children. In your Will an executor is nominated to manage the distribution of those assets. If you die without a Will or a trust, your assets will be distributed by the laws of Tennessee – basically the state decides who inherits your money. A Will ensures that your individually owned assets go to the individuals that you want.

State Criminal Law

While individual state’s law does not vary much, Tennessee criminal law has specific provisions for various violent crimes such as assault and battery, sexual assault, robbery, and homicide. Collins Shipley, PLLC has intimate knowledge in how our state system operates and will be able to implement a defense specific to you and your case. When your legal rights and quality of life are at stake, give our office a call immediately.

Civil Litigation

Our civil litigation services are designed to help clients receive money or other fair compensation in their case. We always work for the best interests of our clients and help them to seek justice. Our team is highly experienced in providing civil litigation in a variety of areas, including:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Slip & Falls
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Contract Disputes
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