Shareholder Scott B. Peatross*

Scott B. Peatross’ practice focuses exclusively on probate law, which includes wills, trusts, estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and litigation related to that area. He represents clients ranging from Memphis area families to banks, institutional trustees, and estate creditors. Frequently serving as a mediator or a professional fiduciary, Scott is called upon by fellow attorneys to assist with difficult probate cases.

In 2005 Shelby County Probate Court judges nominated Scott to serve as the county’s first Public Administrator in the Probate Court, a position that he still holds. In that position, the Court entrusts him with administering probate cases that are often among the most difficult because of contentious litigation or problems created by a previous fiduciary. Scott lectures on aspects of probate law to community groups, as well as to lawyers in CLE seminars, and he serves as a substitute judge in Probate Court when requested by the probate judges.

He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2024 in the field of Trusts and Estates for the seventh year. He was also named the Best Lawyers 2021 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis.

Scott balances his professional life with time spent as an avid runner, gardener, father, and husband.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2003
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 1999
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 2004
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 2004
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2002
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Memphis Bar Association
  • Board of Directors (Probate Section Representative), Memphis Bar Association, 2012, 2014
  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Memphis Bar Association, 2014
  • Chair of Probate & Estate Planning Section, Memphis Bar Association, 2011-2012
  • Fee Dispute Committee, Memphis Bar Association, 2007-present
  • Leadership Forum, Class of 2005-2006
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Member, Memphis Estate Planning Council, 2018-present
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Trusts and Estates, 2018-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America's "Lawyer of the Year" in Memphis, TN in the area of Trusts and Estates, 2020
  • Shelby County Public Administrator, 2005-present
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Memphis Better Business Bureau, 2000-present


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