Focus on the Law: Amendment Two Recap

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The results from the November 4, 2104 election are still unofficial but preliminary results on Amendment 2 show 831,549 votes statewide in favor of the amendment and 533,522 against it. Amendment 2 amends Section 3 of Article VI of the Constitution of Tennessee to establish a modified federal plan […]

Focus on the Law: More on Adoption in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Adoption is covered by Chapter 1 of Title 36 of the Tennessee Code Annotated as well as by multiple court decisions interpreting the same.  The process of adoption is a legal proceeding which permanently transfers the parental rights and responsibilities relating to a child from the biological family to […]

Focus on the Law: Introduction to Adoption

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law November is National Adoption Month.  Where can you find a child to adopt? Despite the myth that it is faster and easier to adopt internationally, adopting through U.S. foster care may be your best option. According to the AdoptUSKids website, there are currently 104,000 children in the U.S. foster […]

Focus on the Law: Giving a Deposition

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law A deposition is a statement given under oath by either a fact witness or an expert witness before trial.  Depositions are usually given in an attorney’s office. An audio recording is made and sometimes a visual recording is taken. A court reporter may be present as well. If you […]

Focus on the Law: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Formerly referred to as food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families supplement their monthly food budgets to free up more of their income for essential living expenses. This is a federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is run by state or […]

Focus on the Law: Railroad Retirement Benefits

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Federal Railroad Retirement Act was first passed in 1934 in an attempt to address the numerous challenges facing the railroad industry’s private pension plans. The Great Depression had driven the industry’s pension system into crisis.  The planned Social Security system would not take effect for several years and […]

Focus on the Law: Amendment 1

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Amendment 1 is a proposed change to the Constitution of Tennessee to add the following language to Article I:  “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.  The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state […]

Focus on the Law: Surviving Spouse

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law As a general rule, a person writing a will is free to dispose of his or her property as he or she sees fit.  One exception to this rule is found in Tennessee law regarding a surviving spouse.  Absent some valid agreement between the parties, a surviving spouse may […]

Focus on the Law: Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child may be adopted, parental rights must be terminated.  “Parental rights” are the rights to act as a parent, to care for, to name and to claim custodial rights with respect to a child.  If these rights are terminated, an adoption may take place and the adoptive parents will be able to legally […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee CASA Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national network of more than 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The original CASA program began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge came up with the idea of citizen volunteers representing the […]