Joann S. Cotten

North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9140 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Joann has 30 years of experience as a North Carolina paralegal working for mid-sized law firms.  Her primary focus is on Bankruptcy and Collections.  She is instrumental in assisting clients with the preparation and filing of proofs of claim and Motions for Relief from Automatic Stay.  Her knowledge of the workings of the State and Federal Court systems ensure that our clients receive guidance toward the best possible outcome when attempting to collect monies owed.



  • Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies, Central Carolina Community College

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal 

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