Can You Get Married Without Being Present?

By Jed McKeehan When you think about marriage ceremonies, there are a few images that usually come to mind.  The bride walking down the aisle, saying vows in front of a minister, kissing the bride, having a reception, and maybe seeing a relative of the bridal party do or say something incredibly embarrassing. But what […]

Who Can Witness the Execution of a Will?

By Jed McKeehan So you would like to make a will, who do you need present to witness your will execution? Tennessee Code Annotated Section 32-1-104 states that you must have two disinterested witnesses to the will’s execution. What does “disinterested” mean? Disinterested means that the witness does not receive any gift or bequest under […]

What Force Can You Use to Protect Your Property?

By Jedediah McKeehan Say that you are walking out to your car after a trip to the store and you see someone breaking in to your car, or maybe you’re walking down the street and someone runs by and snatches your purse.  What can you do to recover or protect your property in these instances? […]

What does it mean to be an accessory after the fact?

By Jedidah McKeehan We’ve all seen the movie where a suspect is being questioned about their criminal history and they are reminded of how they were involved in an armed robbery many years ago.  The suspect always responds by saying that he was driving a car and his friends robbed a place and he inadvertently […]

At What Age Can You Legally Get Married in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan It isn’t very common in this day and age and in this country for individuals to get married when they are extremely young.  It used to be much more common.  You may have heard of individuals getting married before they have even turned 18 years old. But what is the age at […]

Mailbox Tampering

What is it and what is the punishment for doing it By Jedidiah McKeehan Either you’ve done it, or you know someone who has done it…smashed a mailbox to smithereens.  You/they were probably young and thought it was hilarious and didn’t really think about any possible criminal ramifications. Well, unfortunately, tampering with a mailbox is […]

What does it mean to mitigate damages?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So one of the many legal terms that you hear from time to time is the term to “mitigate damages.” What does that term actually mean? Well, the best way to define it is to give an example.  Say you are renting a property and the tenant skips out on the lease […]

How Much Does a District Attorney Make?

By Jed McKeehan You will often see articles about district attorneys in the newspaper.  District attorneys are the lawyers who are employees of the state whose sole job it is to prosecute criminals who are charged with breaking state laws.  You will often see articles about someone getting tried for a murder or some other […]

What does the Child Curfew Statute Actually Say?

By Jed McKeehan So most of us have heard that a child curfew law has been passed in Tennessee. In Tennessee, the child curfew statute is Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1702. What does that statute say? If someone is 17 or 18 years old, they can’t be out in public past 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, […]

What is the Tennessee Code Annotated?

By Jed McKeehan The vast majority of laws that apply to individuals on a daily basis are state laws. Of course we have federal laws like the Constitution that establish many of our most important rights, but state laws generally govern our daily interactions. They govern what is considered a crime and how long a […]