Can I Get a Domestic Assault Charge Dropped?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When someone asks me if they can dismiss a domestic assault charge, this question can come from either the defendant or the victim. Let’s define the parties first. The defendant is the individual arrested and charged with committing the crime of domestic assault. The victim is the person assaulted by the defendant. […]

Can Your Spouse Be Made to Testify Against You?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have watched enough lawyer movies and TV shows, then you may have come across one where someone is facing a murder charge and they marry a key witness so the key witness cannot testify against the person who is now their spouse. Is that how it works? Is being married […]

When Do Kids Get to Pick What Parent They Want to Live With?

By Jedidiah McKeehan The quick answer is, never. As you might imagine, this question comes up a great deal. Someone is talking to me and they say, “well, when my kid turns 12, he gets to pick where he wants to live.” Unfortunately, I have to tell them, that they are incorrect. At this point […]

Who Claims the Kids on Taxes After Divorce?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When people go through a divorce, one question that comes up is, “who gets to claim the kids on their taxes?” When someone is asking that question, they already understand that when they claim dependents on their tax returns, they will realize a greater savings or return in taxes.  A dependent is […]

How Do I Get a Divorce?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you are contemplating getting a divorce, you may not understand how to even start the process. Although it may seem strange, you are actually suing your spouse for a divorce. That means that a divorce goes through the court system just like a personal injury or contract case. That may seem […]

Can I Stop Paying Rent If My Landlord Won’t Fix Things?

By Jedidiah McKeehan I often get phone calls from tenants who will start the conversation talking about how terrible their landlord is and how the landlord will fix nothing and they are living in the worst living situation there ever was.  Then they get to where they tell me that, oh we are getting evicted […]

What Do the Terms ‘Case Law’ and ‘Common Law’ Mean?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When we think of laws that affect us, we normally think of laws that have been passed by our legislators and signed off on by our state governor.  For example, we are not allowed to drive our cars while under the influence because there is a law (Tennessee Coded Annotated section 55-1-401) […]

Settlement Negotiations are Inadmissible

By Jedidiah McKeehan It may happen that you have a case that is proceeding to trial. Let’s say it is a contract dispute case. During the case, you may offer to settle by paying the other side $20,000.00. Then they reject this offer. If the case proceeds to trial, the other side cannot bring up […]

Premise Liability

Knew or Should Have Known By Jedidiah McKeehan Often I will speak to individuals who tell me they have received some horrific injury at someone’s business or on someone’s property because they fell down stairs or slipped on some surface. While I sympathize with these people, just because they sustained an injury on someone’s else […]