Are you renting property in Tennessee?

By Jedidiah McKeehan This article contains basic information about the applicable laws that might affect you if you’re renting property, and specifically, in East Tennessee where my experiences have been with eviction proceedings, but first, let me paint a picture for you: You decided to rent a place to live. The landlord seemed nice […]

Settling Your Accident Case

By Jedidiah McKeehan Here are five steps to help you maximize your accident settlement and minimize any long-lasting trauma. Know Your Sources For Receiving Compensation When you are in an accident, you can often get a settlement from multiple insurance policies. Many victims don’t even know they can often benefit from their insurance policies, let alone […]

Focus on the Law: Amendment 1

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Amendment 1 is a proposed change to the Constitution of Tennessee to add the following language to Article I:  “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.  The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state […]

Focus on the Law: Surviving Spouse

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law As a general rule, a person writing a will is free to dispose of his or her property as he or she sees fit.  One exception to this rule is found in Tennessee law regarding a surviving spouse.  Absent some valid agreement between the parties, a surviving spouse may […]

Focus on the Law: Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child may be adopted, parental rights must be terminated.  “Parental rights” are the rights to act as a parent, to care for, to name and to claim custodial rights with respect to a child.  If these rights are terminated, an adoption may take place and the adoptive parents will be able to legally […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee CASA Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national network of more than 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The original CASA program began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge came up with the idea of citizen volunteers representing the […]

Focus on the Law: Sex Offender Registry

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law While you may have heard of the sex offender registry, I think a little background is in order. Congress passed the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender and Identification Act of 1986 which required the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to monitor the whereabouts of certain […]

Focus on the Law: Problems with Drones

PART 2:  PRIVACY By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Unmanned aerial aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, are a new and growing industry. Cheaper and easier to maintain than helicopters, drones are being used by both the government and private sectors.   Currently, drones are helping to eradicate swamp mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Locally, drones […]

Focus on the Law: Problems with Drones

PART 1: SAFETY By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Under the old common law (made by court decisions rather than by statutes) doctrine brought to America from England, property law provided that landowners owned the air that rose above the earthly metes and bounds of their parcel.  The Latin phrase describing this is “cujus est […]