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 […]

Do I have to pay taxes on my personal injury settlement?

By Jedidah McKeehan One of the questions that comes up from time to time with my personal injury clients is whether they have to pay taxes on their personal injury settlement. Usually this conversation occurs when the insurance company has made a settlement offer, and I am talking with the client about the pros and […]

Injunctions that Go into Place When a Divorce is Filed and Served

By Jedidiah McKeehan Oftentimes in a divorce case I will have a conversation with the client and they will say something like, “the second they get the paperwork they are going to go empty out our bank accounts.” I tell them, “Well, they may, but once they are served, there are consequences if they do […]

What is a Motion for Default?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Occasionally I will have a potential divorce client call me and say something like, “They told me they would not give me a divorce, what can I do to leave this person?” Thankfully, you do not need the other person’s involvement in a case to get a result awarded to you from […]

Do you remember the Pledge of Allegiance?

By Jed McKeehan When is the last time in your life you said the pledge of allegiance to the American flag? High school? Middle school? Elementary school? If it has been that long, do you remember the words? Unless you are in the military, or perhaps a teacher, few people recite the pledge of allegiance […]

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. […]