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 […]

Focus on the Law: Euthanasia of Pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law We Americans love our pets.   The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are more than 160 million dogs and cats in the U.S. today.  According to statistics from the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year. Unfortunately, approximately 2.7 […]

Focus on the Law: Surviving your day in court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are suing someone, being sued or are just a witness in a case, going to court can be a stressful experience.  There are many things you can do to be better prepared and reduce your chance of having unpleasant surprises on your court date.  First of all, […]

Focus on the Law: Lawyers’ fund for client protection

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law More than 30 years ago the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Tennessee Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (hereinafter referred to as “the Fund”) to reimburse clients for financial losses caused by dishonest acts of an attorney during the attorney-client relationship. Specifically, the purpose of the Fund is to “promote […]

Focus on the Law: Lawsuit Funding

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law It is a sad fact that some lawsuits take many months and even years before they are settled or proceed to trial.  Fortunately, people who are seriously injured can usually find an attorney to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party without paying the attorney any money up front.   […]

Focus on the Law: Elder Abuse

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “elder abuse is any abuse and neglect of persons aged 60 and older by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust.” In 2008, one in 10 elders in the U.S. reported emotional, physical, or […]

Focus on the Law: Land Surveys

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Before you purchase land, it is a good idea to have a land survey done. A survey describes what it is you are buying. It will give you the metes and bounds description or reference to a parcel on a recorded map. A survey shows you what the boundary […]