Where Do I Sit in the Courtroom?

  By Jedidiah McKeehan Sometimes I represent people totally unfamiliar with the court process and are terrified of going to court or talking in front of a judge.  When I encounter these people, I think, “How nice!  Someone who actually take the court system seriously and realizes that what goes on in the courts is […]

How Does a Structured Settlement Work?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have no personal experience with a structured settlement, but I bet you know the J.G. Wentworth jingle that starts off, “If you have a structured settlement and you need cash now…” Before we dive into what those people in the commercial are singing about, let’s discuss what a structured settlement […]

Breaking and entering

By Jedidiah McKeehan On TV you will occasionally hear law enforcement discussing a suspect’s criminal history and they will say something like, “well, he had a breaking and entering charge when he was 18.” If the cop saying this is hip, they will shorten breaking and entering to, “B&E.” I always find this mildly amusing […]

What Does It Mean to Plead the Fifth?

By Jedidiah McKeehan During your life you may have been participating in a healthy eating diet with your spouse and you snuck out and had ice cream without telling them.  And then, when they ask you about the ice cream stain on your shirt you blurt out, “I plead the Fifth!”  You have no idea […]

Do They Have To Tell Me What I Am Being Arrested For?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Occasionally I will talk with a potential client on the phone and they will tell me they would like to hire me to represent them in regard to their criminal charges. One of my first questions is, “What are your charges?” More often than you would think, the potential client will tell […]

Subsequent Remedial Measures

By Jedidiah McKeehan When I speak to personal injury clients about their cases, they will occasionally tell me something like, “well, this should be an easy case, but I saw them out there fixing the broken step I fell on the very next step.” Why would this be important to begin with? Well, in slip […]

Emotional Support Animals and Renting

By Jedidiah McKeehan A recent trend in America is the use of animals in a medically prescribed way for emotional purposes.  Medical research has determined that animals can provide a calming effect on individuals.  True, these animals (usually dogs, but I suppose it could be any animal), do provide a real and noticeable difference on […]

What is perjury?

By Jedidiah Mckeehan Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-16-792 defines perjury as occurring when, (a)  A person commits an offense who, with intent to deceive: (1)  Makes a false statement, under oath; (2)  Makes a statement, under oath, that confirms the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by […]

How Do I Prove the Accident Was the Other Driver’s Fault?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When I meet with individuals who are considering hiring an attorney to represent them in regard to claims they may have for injuries related to their car wreck, I always explain to them that there are two primary components that need to be present in order to win their case: liability and […]