Joel Kevin Tharpe


Gainesville, GA





J. Kevin Tharpe assists clients in Georgia and throughout the southeast in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs planning and asset protection strategies. Kevin received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1988, graduating in the top half of his class and receiving various honors, such as inclusion on the Dean’s List and selection to the Order of Barristers Legal Scholastic Honor Society. In 1984, Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Florida State University.

Areas Of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Wills
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Estate Recovery
  • Asset Protection

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
  • Florida State University
    • B.S. - 1985
    • Major: Political Science
  • Florida State University
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Communications


  • Paralegal Studies at Gainesville State College, Professor

Professional Associations

  • Gainesville Northeastern Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Section, Member
  • Gainesville Estate Planning Council, Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorney's (NAELA)

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Meals-on-Wheels Volunteer
  • Trustee of the Gainesville State College Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legacy Link Advisory Council
  • The Guest House Adult Day Care Center
  • Evergreen Terrace Personal Care Homes, Inc

Past Employment Positions

  • IRS, Estate and Gift Tax Attorney, 1990 to 1992