How Quickly Can I Get Divorced?

How Quickly Can I Get Divorced?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When people call me seeking a divorce often they will say something like, “I want to get divorced as quickly as possible, how long does it take?”  This question triggers one of the spiels I go into during my conversations about divorce and I will do my best to deliver an accurate […]

What is a Certificate of Service?

By Jed McKeehan When a lawsuit is filed against someone the defendant is “served” with a copy of it.  This is done by giving the defendant a document called a summons by a process server. However, after that initial service upon the defendant, when either the plaintiff or the defendant files documents with the court, […]

How Long is a Judgment Good For?

How Long is a Judgment Good For?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you ever have to sue someone, and the matter proceeds to trial, and you win, you will be awarded a judgment against the person who you sued. For example, if a credit card company sues someone for not paying their bill, they may obtain a judgment against the person for $5,000.00. […]

Defining employment

By Jedidiah McKeehan One area of law that most people have heard of, even if they do not totally understand it, is worker’s compensation law, which is often shortened to worker’s comp. Worker’s comp cases are those involving an employee who was injured while performing their duties as an employee for their employer. When an […]

What is a Pleading?

What is a Pleading?

By Jedidiah McKeehan One term that you may have heard an attorney use is the term, “pleading.” What in the world is a pleading? Is a pleading a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Is it public record? Is it some secret document? If I take off my lawyer hat and think about the […]

It’s a Crime to Use Profanity in Court?!?!?!

By Jedidiah McKeehan Even as a lawyer, I find amusing the lists you come across on the internet occasionally that list funny and random laws. Who knew that it was illegal to shoot deer while riding a tractor in Nebraska (I just made this one up)? I recently came across a Tennessee law that falls […]

What Does It Mean for a Lawyer to be in Private Practice?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have ever been having a discussion with a lawyer about their work, you may have had a conversation with them that went something like this:   You: What do you do for a living? Lawyer: I am a lawyer. You: What kind of work do you do? Lawyer: I’m in […]

How Many Judges are in Knox County?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Being a judge is an important and prestigious job. These are not jobs they just hand out to anyone, these jobs are few and far between. Knox County is unique because it is the location where many judges hold court. Knox County is home to a federal courthouse and the Tennessee Court […]

How Do I Terminate the Father’s Parental Rights?

By Jedidiah McKeehan How do I terminate my child’s father’s, as some would say “my baby daddy’s,” rights to see the child? I get asked this question fairly frequently. There may even be a good reason for why this question is asked.  The father might be in prison, or may have gone years without attempting […]

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