What Does a Court Reporter Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan While watching a courtroom scene on TV or in a movie, you may have noticed an individual sitting near the judge, staring with great intent at whichever character is talking and furiously pushing buttons on a little device on a stand in front of them. Who is this person? What in the […]

Do They Really Have to Give You a Traffic Citation?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you are in downtown Knoxville, you just need to do one errand, and it will only take a second, and you cannot find anywhere to park!  Surely it will be okay if you park in front of a fire hydrant for three minutes.  You will put your flashers on and you […]

What’s the Difference Between an LLC and a Corporation?

By Jedidiah McKeehan We all see business names listed all the time, and these business names often have either, “LLC,” “Corp.” or “Inc.” written after the name of the business. What do those terms mean?  What’s the difference between them?  How did that company decide between one or the other?  Just based on what sounded […]

The Basics Involved in the Foreclosure Process

By Jedidiah McKeehan A foreclosure is what occurs when a homeowner stops making their monthly mortgage payments on their residence.  When a bank provides a loan to someone to purchase a home, they require that the homeowner sign documentation allowing the bank to take the house if the mortgage payments are not made.   Typically, […]

When Arrested, Are You Entitled to a Phone Call?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When you see someone get arrested in the movies or on TV, you will see them often yelling about getting their, “phone call.”  Is that a real thing?  Are you actually entitled to a phone call when you get arrested? The short answer is, “yes, you are entitled to a phone call.”  Tennessee […]

Facts about the United States Supreme Court

By Jedidiah McKeehan The United States Supreme Court is the highest body in the judicial system of the United States.  It is made up of nine justices, or judges, who hear cases involving primarily constitutional issues, and often they decide cases that affect us in our daily lives and interactions. How does a case get […]

How Long Are Felony Conviction Sentences in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, felonies are crimes punishable by one year or more in state prison. Lawmakers have designated felonies as class A, B, C, D, or E, with A being the most severe (for the most serious cases) and E being the least harsh. Class A felonies receive sentences between 15 and 25 […]

Difference between a Chapter 13 and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy

By Jed McKeehan Tennessee has the highest number of bankruptcies of any state in the country, so it might be useful to understand the differences between the two most common types of bankruptcies. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or a straight bankruptcy, is where you are asking the courts to discharge your debts. Essentially, the debt […]

Should I let the police search my vehicle?

By Jed McKeehan You’ve seen the dramatic car searches on the TV shows, and you might be wondering what you would do if you were asked to allow the police to search your vehicle without probable cause. First off, why are they searching your vehicle?  They are looking for drugs, drug items, or other things […]

Main considerations when drafting a stimple will

  By Jedidiah McKeehan A large portion of Tennesseans do not have a will that dictates who gets what when they die, they simply have not gone to the trouble of ever making a will.  When this happens, the state’s laws of intestate succession, aka who gets what when there is no will, dictate which […]

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