Who is qualified to be a judge?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Being a judge sounds like a cool job, right?  You get to wear that fancy robe and get to make decisions all day regarding people’s lives.  Oh, and you get to bang one of those gavels, and yell, “you are out of order!”  Who wouldn’t want to be a judge?  How can […]

How Does a Conservatorship Work?

By Jedidiah McKeehan A legal term that you may have heard before is the term, “conservator,” or “conservatorship.”  What do these terms actually mean? So the term conservator, guardian, and power of attorney are terms that usually run in the same circles in that they get confused and used incorrectly frequently. A guardian typically applies […]

What is an easement?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal term “easement” and may even know that it is a term related to property.  However, you may not know exactly what this term means. An easement is the ability and right to legally use and travel on someone else’s property without actually owning that property. […]

What Does It Mean to Be Pro Se?

By Jedidiah McKeehan The term, “pro se,” comes from Latin, translating to “for oneself” or “on behalf of themselves”, which means advocating on one’s own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. Tennessee law spells out that you absolutely do not have to have a lawyer represent you in a lawsuit.  […]

What Are Punitive Damages?

By Jedidiah McKeehan A term you may have heard of is punitive damages.  But what exactly are punitive damages?  Punitive damages are those damages that go beyond just compensating a Plaintiff for their injuries, but are designed to punish the Defendant for their actions.  Even though punitive damages are designed to punish the Defendant, any […]

Social Security Disability Basics

By Jedidiah McKeehan Social security is a system that our government has set up to pay individuals who retire a certain amount of money each month.  Social security is also designed to pay individuals a monthly amount if they become disabled and are unable to work. Social security disability is an area of law unto […]

What is eminent domain?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In the U.S., when you own property you have the right to use that property as you see fit. Obviously, there are some notable exceptions to this.  Cities and counties can enact codes that require you to mow your grass and keep your property clean.  Homeowners Associations can require a whole bunch […]

Plaintiff or Petitioner, Defendant or Respondent?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Two legal terms that you hear often are Plaintiff and Defendant.  The Plaintiff and the Defendant are the parties involved in a lawsuit.  The Plaintiff is the one bringing the lawsuit and the Defendant is the one being sued and is defending the lawsuit.  The Defendant has the ability to file a […]

If there is no will, who gets the stuff?

By Jedidiah McKeehan I have no idea what the numbers would come out to, but it is fair to say that most people do not have wills. As most people know, the will is the document that says who gets what after they die. However, since most people die without a will, Tennessee law states […]

Tennessee Burial Laws (or the Lack Thereof)

By Jedidiah McKeehan My father-in-law and I were chatting recently about where someone he knew was planning on being buried and I commented that I had heard that someone I knew had just been buried on some property their family owned wrapped in some old blankets.  I think the thought process was that it was […]