Can You Legally Record Phone Conversations?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you may have found yourself in a situation where you think, “I should be recording this phone conversation.” Is it legal to record a phone conversation?  Do you have to tell the other person that you are recording the conversation like the collection agencies do when you talk to them? No, […]

What Does a Bail Bondsman Do?

By Jed McKeehan I was recently in Sevier County and saw a car advertising sticker for a bail bondsman service and their tag line made me chuckle, “Because We All Have That One Friend.” Maybe you can relate to that.  Bailing someone out of jail is never fun, having to be bailed out of jail […]

When Can An Employer Fire You?

By Jedidiah McKeehan From time to time, someone will contact me who has been fired or let go and they will ask me if they have a cause of action against their employer for wrongful termination or retaliatory discharge.  Before I even know any of the facts my default answer is, “probably not.” Tennessee is […]

What to do when you have to go to court

By Jedidiah McKeehan Going to court is not something that most individuals do on a regular basis.  So when they actually do have to go to court there is often anxiety and nervousness about where to go, and what to wear.  Here are some tips. Where to Go: One thing I recommend, especially in Knox […]

What’s the difference between jail and prison?

By Jed McKeehan When I speak with individuals who do not work in the legal field (and sometimes even when they do), they will use the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably.  The terms “attorney” and “lawyer” mean the same thing, do “jail” and “prison” mean the same thing?  No, they do not. Jails are usually […]

Can you be arrested for peeping?

By Jed McKeehan In my years in the legal profession, there are some laws for which I have never seen someone arrested.  The “Peeping Tom” statute is one of them. Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-607, titled, “Observation without consent,” states: (a) It is an offense for a person to knowingly spy upon, observe or otherwise view […]

What’s the difference between a trial and a hearing?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have had any interaction with the legal system, there are two terms that you will hear quite often, “trial” and “hearing.”  What do these two terms really mean?  Do they mean the same thing?  Yes and no.  Although some attorneys will use the terms interchangeably, they do have practical differences. […]

Factors used to determine child custody

By Jedidiah McKeehan Whether you are married or not, if you and the other parent of your children decide to part ways, it is necessary to put a custody arrangement in place. How does a court determine what the custody arrangement will be?  Does the mother always get more of the time?  Does the court […]

The Most Common Types of Parenting Schedules

By Jedidiah McKeehan When individuals who have children get divorced they are required to enter in to a “Parenting Plan.” This plan dictates who gets the children on what dates. This plan stays in place until the children turn 18 or graduate from high school, whichever comes later. The plan will have a day to […]

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