What is a Failure to Appear?

By Jedidah McKeehan Every day, in almost every county, in every state, in the United States, a criminal defendant is not present for their scheduled court date to address their pending criminal charge(s). Maybe the defendant simply forgot that they had court that day, maybe they got sick and are in the hospital, or maybe […]

Tips on Completing the Paternity Form at the Hospital

By Jedidah McKeehan As a father of two young children, I still remember my time at the hospital surrounding their births. Lots of excitement and happiness, but there was also quite a bit of forms and paperwork to complete. One form I remember filling out with my wife was the paternity form which stated who […]

Where Can You Find a Notary?

By Jed McKeehan From time to time I will draft documents for individuals that they will take with them and they will need to go get someone else’s signature on those documents for the documents to be fully executed. Or I might email documents to be printed off, signed, and returned to me. In addition […]

What Does It Mean To Redact Something?

By Jedidiah McKeehan “Redact” or “redacting” are legal terms you may have heard, or you may have heard of them in some CIA or other politically centered movie.  But what do these terms actually mean? Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines “redact” as, “to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release.” So […]

Explaining police reports

By Jedidiah McKeehan Police work is often glamorized and over-dramatized in tv shows and movies.  The police are often in car chases, conducting these really intense interrogations, or using big white boards to connect the dots of how a crime syndicate works. While some of that goes on, not much of it goes on.  If […]

What does it mean to file something under seal?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may or may not have realized this, but almost all court documents are public records.  If you really wanted to, you could show up at the courthouse and peruse court filings.  In fact, bored reporters may do just that, looking to find a juicy story from a filed lawsuit. Most cases […]

Do’s and don’ts for when you are pulled over for speeding

By Jedidiah McKeehan Okay, so maybe you were driving faster than you should have been.  You see the blue lights behind you.  Let’s walk through the do’s and don’ts from that point forward. Do: Pull over as soon as possible.  Pull way over, not just barely out of the way of traffic. Don’t: Keep driving.  […]

What is the landlord actually responsible for fixing?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you are renting a house, and something breaks, or is not working, who is responsible for fixing it?  You may think that the landlord is responsible for fixing it, and the landlord may say you are responsible for it, but what does the law actually say? There is an entire chapter […]

Getting the Unclaimed Property to Which You are Entitled

By Jedidiah McKeehan Would you like to see if there is money being held by the state of Tennessee to which you are entitled?  It will take less than 5 minutes!  If you visit the website, claimittn.gov, you can search the state’s database to see if you are entitled to unclaimed property. The state of […]