Can I Get a Different Judge on My Case?

By Jedidiah McKeehan From time to time I will have someone come and consult with me on a case after they have already been in front of the judge a time or two, and they will ask if they can get a new judge on their case because they feel like the judge has it […]

Are public defendants that bad?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In TV shows and movies involving lawyers, the main character may get involved in a case in which someone needs a lawyer and they are currently represented by a public defender. The main character may meet up with the public defender to discuss the case and the public defender is portrayed as […]

What is a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan A fairly common legal term that you may have heard of is a, “pre-nuptial agreement,” or the shortened version of that term, “pre-nup.”  But what actually is a pre-nuptial agreement and what is contained in that agreement? First, let’s break down the term, “nuptials.”  It is not an often used phrase, […]

What is Loss of Consortium?

By Jedidiah McKeehan A term that is heard in the world of personal injury law, that will occasionally draw a snicker, is the term, “loss of consortium.” Let’s dive in to what this term means.  First, the word, “consortium,” means companionship with one’s spouse.  How does that fit in to a personal injury case though? […]

Abandonment in a Divorce

By Jedidiah McKeehan Occasionally I will speak with someone who is about to go through a divorce and they will say to me something like, “they say they are going to get me for abandonment.” My normal response to them is, “I do not care what they said, ‘getting you for abandonment,’ is not really […]

What Are the Laws Regarding Breastfeeding in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When a mom is breastfeeding their child in public, that act is generally considered socially acceptable in this day and age.  It may not be that commonplace, and it may seem a little unusual, but it is legal.  In fact, there are a few laws in Tennessee that specifically speak as to […]

Will I Have To Pay Alimony?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When I am discussing someone’s divorce case with them, one of the questions that often comes up is, “Am I going to have to pay them alimony?” Alimony, or spousal support, are payments from one spouse to another after they are divorced to allow the economically disadvantaged spouse to maintain the standard […]

What is Guardian ad Litem?

By Jedidih McKeehan A term that you may or may not have heard of is the legal term, “guardian ad litem.”  Often times, the term gets shortened to, “GAL.”  What does this term mean?  A guardian ad litem is a person who is appointed by the court to investigate and inform the court of what […]

Character Witnesses

By Jedidiah McKeehan Occasionally when I meet with clients and we are discussing our upcoming trial, I will run through with them who we want to call as witnesses at trial.  When they mention someone, I will ask them, “What are they going to testify about?”  Sometimes they will say, “Well, they are going to […]