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 […]

Focus on the Law: Human Sex Trafficking Part 2

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “As of November 2013, Tennessee was ranked as the toughest state in the nation regarding state statutes that protect children from commercial sex exploitation crimes,” reports Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Director Gwyn blames domestic issues, the drug trade, poverty and other socio-economic factors as […]

Focus on the Law: Human Sex Trafficking Part 1

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law “Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work.”  This exploitation includes businesses such as pornography and prostitution.  UNICEF estimated in 2007 that 1.2 million children are trafficked across borders every year for […]

Focus on the Law: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Replacing previous federal law known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) primarily expands protections for active duty members of the armed forces.   Found in the Appendix of Title 50 of the United States Code, Sections 501-596, the law protects members of the uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air […]

Focus on the Law: Injunctions

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Injunctions are orders made by a court to protect individuals from specific harm.  Under   Tennessee law, the Chancery Court has historically been the court of equity, undertaking to prevent harm rather than punish the wrongdoer.    The statutes enacted by the state legislature and the interpretation of those statutes by […]