Reverse Mortgages

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law If the homeowners are both 62 or older and have sufficient equity in their home, they may be eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage loan.  A reverse mortgage is very different from other types of mortgages. Unlike traditional mortgages where the loan must be repaid every month, no […]

Focus on the Law: Givers Beware!

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law After counting our many blessings over the Thanksgiving holidays, most of us feel motivated to share our good fortune with others.  This is especially true over the next few weeks of the Christmas holiday season.  There are numerous opportunities to share our time and our talents.  But how do […]

Focus on the Law: Voter Identification Act

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court upheld a voter identification law passed in Indiana requiring voters at the polls to present either a United States-issued or an Indiana-issued form of photo identification to vote.  The case was Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008) where the plaintiff challenged the law’s constitutionality […]

Focus on the Law: Tort Reform

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The topic of tort reform does not generate the intense, passionate debate that it once did.  The medical malpractice crisis of the 1990s that was going to drive all physicians out of business never quite materialized.  Babies are somehow still being delivered by obstetricians.   Medical schools are still attracting […]

Focus on the Law: Genetic information discrimination

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law With the tremendous advances we have seen in medicine, and particularly in genetic research, the law has to try to anticipate problems resulting from these advances.  One area that I want to focus on today is laws relating to genetic information discrimination in employment and health insurance. “Genetic information” […]

Focus on the Law: Foster Care Overhaul in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In 2000, a federal class action lawsuit known as the Brian A. Case was filed in Nashville on behalf of all children in state custody.  At that time the number of children in the custody of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was more than 9,000.  The lawsuit alleged […]

Focus on the Law: Judicial Selection: The Tennessee Plan

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Would it surprise you to hear that the majority of our appellate judges in Tennessee will be up for a “yes-no” retention election in August 2014?  Voters may select whether or not to keep each judge listed on the ballot in office.  Appellate judges include judges on the Court […]

Focus on the Law: Help for victims of domestic violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence occurs across all segments of our society, regardless of race, education, income or sexual orientation.  Whether you are aware of it or not, you likely have neighbors who are or have been victims of domestic violence.  My hope is that you will take something from this […]

Focus on the Law: Domestic Violence

by Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior aimed at gaining power in order to control an intimate partner.  “It is not just about hitting and punching.  It is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behavior, including psychological, sexual and physical abuse. […]

Focus on the Law: Foreclosures

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law When you purchase real property and finance part of the purchase price you will usually sign a promissory note and a deed of trust.   The promissory note is the promise to pay.  The deed of trust document places the legal title to the real property in a trustee to […]