Charles Cornelius joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP in 1969, and is a senior partner in the firm. The focus of his practice is in the area of probate and estate administration, estate planning, estate inheritance and gift taxation, wills and trusts, conservatorship/guardianship law and wrongful death/personal injury litigation. He regularly appears in the Probate Division of all courts in Middle Tennessee.  He represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In addition to a successful legal practice, Charles is a member of the Probate and Property Division of the American Bar Association, and the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council. 
Charles received his JD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1968. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1966, majoring in Economics. Charles also served as a Pilot in the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1969 – 1997. 
Bar Admissions
Tennessee Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
Representative Clients
AAA Auto Club South, Inc.
Cumberland Trust & Investment Company
Morgan Keegan Trust
Nashville Bank & Trust Company
Pinnacle National Bank Trust Department
Regions Bank Trust/Estate Settlement Department
SunTrust Banks Trust/Estate Settlement Division
United Power Service, Inc.
Explosive Engineering Services, Inc.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association
Nashville Estate Planning Council
Past Employment Positions
Tennessee Air National Guard, Colonel - Pilot, 1969 – 1997
Civic & Community Activities
Nashville Bar Association, Pro Bono Program
Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2008

Overview of New Federal Estate and Gift Tax Law and Status of Tennessee Inheritance/Gift Tax Law, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2011
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Charles G. Cornelius

Of Counsel


Nashville City Center | Suite 1500
P.O. Box 190695
511 Union Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

Practice Areas

Wills & Trusts
Estate Planning
Estate & Inheritance Tax Law
Probate Law & Administration
Conservatorships & Guardianships
Wrongful Death & Personal Injury

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