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Joanne M. Bates



JoAnne joined Meriwether & Tharp in February 2019, bringing with her over 12 years experience exclusively in family law.  JoAnne moved from her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta in 2006.  After her relocation she earned her paralegal certificate from The University of Georgia. JoAnne currently works as a senior paralegal for Charlotte Ruble at the Alpharetta location.

JoAnne utilizes her personal and legal experience to help families in transition by providing detailed support to the attorneys and her clients. From complex litigation cases to simple uncontested divorces, she is involved from beginning to end. JoAnne assists clients by providing regular contact and updates, managing the discovery process, maintaining the case calendar and deadlines, and drafting pleadings and correspondence. She also maintains all document productions and the client case file, and is integral in preparing for mediations, late case evaluations, hearings and trials. 


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