Call: (931) 456-9455 or (931) 484-4533

William T. Ridley Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Contracts, & Property Disputes

Mr. Thompson and Mr. Ridley together have over 45 years of legal experience representing clients in a broad range of real property matters and civil disputes including: disputes between purchasers and sellers, easements, boundary line disputes, land use, government condemnation cases, recovery of real property, unlawful detainers, breach of contract cases, and civil issues you may be facing. Call Thompson and Ridley today to set up your private consultation.

Divorce & Child Custody

Mr. Ridley is dedicated to providing experienced, compassionate, and cost-effective advocacy in all family law matters. He is committed to obtaining optimal results in every case.

Mr. Ridley enjoys a reputation as a skilled negotiator and aggressive litigator. Whether you are embarking on a divorce, require representation in a child custody case, child support issues, paternity proceedings, grandparent visitation, or have a combination of family law issues, his team will work closely with you to determine the most effective path to resolution.

No two-family law cases are alike. Mr. Ridley’s team addresses each case with extensive knowledge and resources, empowering his clients to make the best possible decisions.

I understand that you may be going through one of the most difficult times of your life, and my goal is to alleviate the stress and burdens that arise from legal proceedings. From day one, I will be focused on protecting your rights and moving you through the process as efficiently and compassionately as possible.”

Government and Utility Law

Mr. Ridley has the pleasure of representing a municipal government and water/sewer utility districts. He has been directly responsible for negotiating several multi-million-dollar real estate transactions and drafting contacts over the past several years. While attending law school, he worked full time for a United States Congressman as a Field Representative. Mr. Ridley then worked for a Tennessee State Senator as a Legislative Assistant completing several large government projects. Let Mr. Ridley put his experience representing and dealing with local, state, and federal governments work for you.

Business & Corporate Law

Need help setting up an LLC or other type of professional or business entity? Call James E. Thompson or William T. Ridley today for professional legal advice and guidance on ways to protect you and your business from potential liability. We represent businesses and corporations big and small. Let us handle the legal matters while you focus on running your business.

Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, it is critical that you seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible and refrain from talking to the police without your attorney present to advise you.

William T. Ridley is committed to providing creative and zealous representations, with only his clients’ best interests in mind, and he promises to make every effort to obtain the best result possible. He will personally handle all aspects of your case from start to finish, including all settlement discussions, negotiations, and the trial.  He will also personally answer all of your questions and navigate you through every stage of your case. No stone remains unturned during the course of his representation and through the final disposition of your case.

Tennessee is one of the strictest states in the country with its Driving Under the Influence laws. Being convicted of a DUI in Tennessee can lead to jail time, large fines, and loss of your license. You will also have to consider the effect a conviction will have on your insurance and permanent record. Call today to set up your confidential consultation.

Estate Planning & Probate

No matter what your stage in life, a well-executed estate plan can ensure that your final wishes are carried out.

If you have minor children, it is essential to develop an estate plan that names a guardian to care for your children in the event of your incapacitation or death. In addition to establishing a guardian, many estate plans create a trust and name a trustee to manage money for children until they are mature enough to make smart financial decisions.

Appointing a power of attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf can eliminate the need for family members to obtain a conservatorship should you become unable to manage your finances.

A living will is a legal document that gives you power over your future medical care. This document provides an outlet for you to communicate your wishes regarding end-of-life health care and whether you would like artificial measures used to sustain your life.

Simple Estate Plans: Helping Clients Plan For The Future
Oftentimes, a simple estate plan is all that is needed to protect your family legacy and ensure family heirlooms are safely transferred to the next generation.

If you pass away without a will, Tennessee’s intestacy laws dictate who receives your property. This often results in your property being transferred to a family member you would not choose to leave your property to while excluding other members of your family. By creating a simple will or trust, you can ensure family legacies remain intact and family heirlooms are passed to the appropriate family member. Clearly identifying which family member receives certain properties helps reduce the possibility of family disputes.

Creating an estate plan can potentially reduce the length of probate proceedings saving grieving family members time and money associated with complicated probate administration.


If you have lost a loved one and need legal advice on how to properly finalize their estate or you think you are entitled to property from a relative, come see us at Thompson and Ridley Association of Attorneys.

William T. Ridley:
(931) 456-9455
396 South Main Street
Crossville, TN 38555
James E. Thompson
(931) 484-4533