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 […]

What is an Annulment?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal term, annulment, as a way to end a marriage, but what does the term actually mean. An annulment differs from a divorce, in that a divorce is a proceeding to terminate a marriage, while an annulment is a proceeding to end a marriage because the […]

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable?

By Jedidiah McKeehan At some point you may have gone to work somewhere and one contingency of the employer offering you a job is that you sign a non-compete agreement. A non-compete agreement usually contains language in it that states you are agreeing that if you leave this job you will not use your knowledge […]

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 […]