Focus on the Law: Identity Fraud

By Sharon Frankenberg According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Justice statistics, 11.7 million people were victims of identity theft between 2006 and 2008.  Congress made identity theft a federal crime in 1998 when it passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act.  This act made the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responsible […]

Focus on the Law: Dealing with Bad Checks: Criminal Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law As I discussed last week, you can pursue collection of a bad check through civil court or you can sometimes pursue criminal charges.  Keep in mind the circumstances in which you may pursue criminal remedies on a bad check are much more limited than in civil court. The worthless […]

Focus on the Law: Dealing with Bad Checks: Civil Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law When you receive a bad check it can be a major annoyance.  There are three ways to respond.  One, you can just accept the loss as a karmic lesson.  This is not my usual choice or recommendation. Two, you can attempt to collect your money through civil court.  Or […]

Focus on the Law: Business Associations in Tennessee

By Sharon Frankenberg If you are considering forming a new business, there are many things to consider.  Here are some highlights of the major forms of business associations in Tennessee.  The most familiar to many of us is the sole proprietorship.  This is how most small businesses start out. One person owns the firm and […]

Focus on the Law: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (Pt2)

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a trustee is selected in each case.  The trustee is often an attorney in private practice but he or she is not required to be an attorney.  The trustee is subject to supervision and auditing by the United States Trustee.  The job of the trustee […]

Focus on the Law: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (Pt1)

This week I would like to provide you with an introduction to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  “Chapter 7” refers to that chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code which governs the liquidation type of bankruptcy. Liquidation is the sale of a debtor’s non-exempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors. Individuals, partnerships and corporations […]

Focus on the law: Tips for Tenants

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In last week’s column, I focused on tips for landlords. This week I would like to focus on tips to prevent common mistakes made on the tenant’s side of a lease transaction. Before you decide to rent, evaluate the unit’s location carefully. Is the neighborhood safe? Do you have […]

Focus on the Law: Tips for Landlords

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In my law practice, I have represented both tenants and landlords in negotiating contracts and litigating disputes arising from contracts. This week I would like to focus on tips to prevent common mistakes made on the landlord side of a lease transaction. First, you will need a written rental […]

Focus on Law: Hiring a Lawyer

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Most people rarely find themselves in need of an attorney. When they do need an attorney, it is often in an emergency situation. Child custody disputes can arise suddenly and require immediate assistance from a lawyer. An arrest on criminal charges should call for hiring a defense lawyer immediately. […]

Focus on the Law: Written Contracts

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law How many times have you heard the expression “Get it in writing”?   That is truly good advice for almost any transaction.  Enacted back in 1677, the English Statute of Frauds set out when a writing was required to make an agreement enforceable.  Here in the United States virtually every […]