Can it be a Crime to Wear a Body Vest?

It seems weird to think that wearing a bulletproof vest can be a crime in and of itself, but it can be.  Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1323 states that if you commit certain crimes while wearing body armor you can be charged with another crime on top of the crime you were caught committing! What are […]

What is a Notice of Appearance?

By Jedidiah McKeehan There may come a point in your life when a lawsuit is filed against you and you decide that you need to hire an attorney to represent you in court.  Or you may have filed a lawsuit on your own in general sessions (small claims) court and then decided at a later […]

What is an Affidavit?

By Jed McKeehan An affidavit is a legal term that you may have heard of, but what is it exactly and what purpose does it serve? An affidavit is a written statement that is typically signed in front of a notary that is filed with the court to show proof of something.  For example, if […]

What is a Holographic Will and is it a Legitimate Will?

  By Jed McKeehan You may have never heard of the term, “holographic will.”  What does it mean?  A holographic will is a will that is handwritten and signed by the person making the will. Some states do not recognize holographic wills as valid wills and they are definitely not preferred as they are usually […]

What are the grounds for divorce?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If someone wants to get a divorce in Tennessee, they have to prove to the court a reason why they should be granted a divorce. What are the options of “grounds” you can show to the court to get it to grant you a divorce? Tennessee Code Annotated 36-4-101 lists 15 options […]

Property Protected Even When You Have a Judgment Against You

By Jedidiah McKeehan I see lots of people come to the courthouse who end up with a judgment against them for some reason or another.  Maybe they got behind on their credit card payments, maybe they took out a payday loan that they shouldn’t have taken, or maybe they couldn’t pay the medical bills they […]

The Differences Between a Quitclaim Deed and a Warranty Deed

By Jed McKeehan When two people want to transfer ownership of real property (real property is land, a house, etc.) between them in exchange for money, the document that officially memorializes the transaction is called a deed.  A deed will have the description and location of the property on it as well as the name […]