Why you should not avoid jury duty

By Jedidiah McKeehan Every few months I get a phone call from someone I know telling me that they have gotten summoned for jury duty and asking me how they can get out of it. My answer is always the same:  you should not try to avoid jury duty if at all possible. Here are […]

When You Are Sued By a Bill Collector, Who Is Their Witness?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan At some point in your life you may have gotten a little too fast and loose with using your credit card and racked up bills that you could not afford to pay.  Or perhaps you got a medical bill and have gotten behind on your payments.  Eventually, the entity to which […]

How Phone Calls, Texts, Emails and Posts Will Get You in Trouble

By Jedidiah McKeehan I seem to have a recurring conversation with clients who I have been hired to represent, particularly in family law matters. I tell them that whatever they say in person or on the phone, and whatever they text, email or post on Facebook, will most certainly be played or projected on the […]

The Expanding Practice of Adoption

  By Jedidiah McKeehan If you go to a courthouse and there is a large group of people, who are well dressed, happy and there are children running around, then that group is likely there to finalize an adoption.  It is not often that you see so many happy people at the courthouse, but finalizing […]

Using Invoices to Prove Damages at Trial

By Jedidiah McKeehan I often speak with individuals who desire to sue over damage to their property.  Their house, their pool, their car, etc. and they want to sue someone over the damage to their property.  Often times they are wanting to sue someone they paid to do work for them and then that work […]

Student Loan Repayment

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you are under 40 years of age, there is a good chance that you have student loan debt.  Student loan debt is an unfortunate commitment that people make thinking it will pay off long-term, however, often times it cripples people financially. Tennessee has done a good job in trying to help […]

Can You Sue a Sports Official?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan The world of youth sports is a crazy place.  Parents take their children’s tee-ball games way too seriously and the internet seems to explode once a week with brawls between parents at sporting events.  There was one such video recently where an AAU basketball team fought two referees. As an attorney, […]

What Are the Laws In Regard to Immunizing Your Children?

By Jedidiah McKeehan There has been a great deal of controversy in the last few years about individuals, particularly celebrities, choosing to forego immunization for their children, claiming that they actually do a detriment to their children.  There are actually a few Tennessee laws that specifically discuss the immunization of children. Tennessee Code Annotated section […]

When are you entitled to an appointed lawyer?

By Jedidiah McKeehan A phrase that I often hear people say that are unfamiliar with the court system is, “Well, I’ll just go get the court to appoint me a lawyer.” Okay, well that is great if you qualify, but the court will not necessarily appoint you a lawyer. It depends on the kind of […]

How Does a Mediation Work?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So, I have explained previously the difference between an arbitration and a mediation.  But today, I want to talk about the specifics of what occurs during a mediation. A mediation is essentially a meeting that takes place between the parties (the people involved in the lawsuit) prior to trial in order to […]

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