Throughout history there have been pivotal individuals responsible for great change and advancement in our society. The development of our current law is no exception. We owe much of our ability to choose how we want our property distributed when we pass to a man named Solon. Here I want to briefly trace the history of the [...]
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The word “procrastinate” derives from words meaning “to put off until tomorrow.” We all have so many things we must, or would like to do, today, we have to postpone some other things until a later time. We recommend that our clients view estate planning with a sense of “now” instead of “tomorrow,” and we [...]
When parents in Tennessee get divorced (or non-married parents separate) they complete a document know as a parenting plan. This parenting plan is an incredibly important legally enforceable document that outlines a wide variety of co-parenting arrangements. Parenting plans also address the Tennessee Parent Relocation Law—or what happens when one parent wants to move out [...]
Tennessee Inheritance Tax Disappears in 2016 A significant estate planning change takes effect on January 1, 2016. For the first time in 86 years Tennessee will not have an inheritance tax. The Tennessee legislature in 2012 enacted a phase-out of the inheritance tax Tennessee has imposed on citizens since 1929. This will allow for simpler [...]
Have you heard about mediation? It's one of the most important recent developments in our legal system and, in particular, the practice of family law. Courts in Tennessee (and across the country, for that matter) are increasingly relying on mediation to resolve disputes. At its most basic level, mediation is negotiation carried out with the [...]
The Greatness of Trusts It's amazing that the law actually allows you to leave your property to whomever you want, yet few people know to take advantage of Trusts. What is a Trust? A Trust is a legal document that allows a property owner to transfer title to the property to a Trustee who will manage [...]
If parents are married, the husband is presumed to be the father of children born during the marriage. However, if parents are not married, then the child has no legal father. This is true even if the parents are living together. Paternity (fatherhood) for non-married parents must be legally established. In Tennessee, a voluntary [...]
Estate Planning Who needs an estate plan? That’s easy to answer: all adults need an estate plan. An overlooked wonder of our laws is that they allow any person to leave his or her hard-earned assets to pretty much whomever and however one wishes to do. The puzzle is that more people [...]
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce in Tennessee? This is a question we get asked all the time. It's understandable. Hiring an attorney is an important decision and it's wise to question if it's a necessity. The short answer is no: you do not have to hire a lawyer to get a divorce. [...]