Focus on the Law: Lawsuit Funding

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law It is a sad fact that some lawsuits take many months and even years before they are settled or proceed to trial.  Fortunately, people who are seriously injured can usually find an attorney to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party without paying the attorney any money up front.   […]

Focus on the Law: Elder Abuse

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “elder abuse is any abuse and neglect of persons aged 60 and older by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust.” In 2008, one in 10 elders in the U.S. reported emotional, physical, or […]

Focus on the Law: Land Surveys

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Before you purchase land, it is a good idea to have a land survey done. A survey describes what it is you are buying. It will give you the metes and bounds description or reference to a parcel on a recorded map. A survey shows you what the boundary […]

Focus on the Law: Wrongful Death

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law With the recent twentieth anniversary of the stabbing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the distinction between charges of murder and claims for wrongful death are again being discussed.  In a televised trial in 1995, OJ Simpson stood charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee’s Jock Tax

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law I thought I was pretty familiar with Tennessee’s Professional Privilege Tax, having paid it every year since its inception in 1992.  When first enacted, it included a laundry list of occupations and professions whose practitioners were obligated to file a return and pay the required flat tax to the […]

Focus on the Law: Planned Unit Developments

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law A planned unit development (usually referred to as a PUD) is an area of land to be developed under unified control or under a unified plan of development for a number of dwelling units, commercial, educational, recreational or industrial uses, or any combination of these, the plan for which […]

Focus on the Law: Orders of protection

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law An Order of Protection is a legal document signed by a judge that helps protect you from domestic violence.  To qualify to obtain an Order of Protection you must have at least one of several particular types of relationships with your abuser.  You may be current or former spouses, […]

Focus on the Law: Board Of Equalization

The Tennessee Constitution, Article II, Section 28 permits the taxation of all real property, personal property or mixed.  The Legislature is authorized to exempt from this property owned by the State, Counties, Cities or Towns.  It may also exempt property used exclusively for “purposes purely religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational.” All property, except that […]

Focus on the Law: Family Medical Leave

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Tennessee Maternity and Adoption Care Leave Act is found at Tennessee Code Annotated Section 4-21-408.  This state law applies only to employers who employ 100 or more full-time employees at a job site or location.  For purposes of this statute, a job “site” may encompass more than a […]

Focus on the Law: Human Sex Trafficking Conclusion

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern day slavery.  It is an organized and violent business.  According to the FBI’s website, “women and young girls are sold to traffickers, locked up in rooms or brothels for weeks or months, drugged, terrorized, and raped repeatedly.”  Victims are […]