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 […]

Do step-parents have visitation rights?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Step-parents sit in unique situations.  They are in a relationship with someone who has a child who is not their own, and by being in a relationship with this person, they have become a step-parent to this child who is not their own, and may never be their own. Let’s run through […]

You are the legal guardian of your children

By Jedidiah McKeehan Whether you realize this or not, if you have children under the age of 18 years of age, then under Tennessee law you are considered those children’s guardian. This is a different determination from having custody of a child, being someone’s guardian means that are responsible for a child’s care, nurture, welfare, […]

What Does Tennessee Law Say About Nudist Colonies?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan I know the question that has been burning in your mind.  It’s like an itch that you have needed scratched for a long time.  Well I am here to answer your question and scratch that itch.  What is the question that has been gnawing in your mind and keeping you up […]