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Mar 27, 2018

What Kind of Damages Can You Get If You’re Hurt by a Drunk Driver?

By |March 27th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Drunk driving laws make it illegal to driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. For commercial truck drivers and young drivers, the limits are even lower. The police try to limit the number of intoxicated drivers by vigilant law enforcement and setting up sobriety checkpoints. The media is constantly advising the public about the dangers of drunk driving. The courts often require that drivers install ignition interlock drivers. Despite these efforts, many Chattanooga and nearby drivers fail to appreciate the dangers of drunk driving. Many drivers think one [...]

Mar 6, 2018

Is a Verbal Agreement Equal to a Will?

By |March 6th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

British pop star George Michael passed away from natural causes at age 53 on December 25, 2016. His body was discovered at home by his boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, when he came to pick him up for brunch. Since his death, there has reportedly been a lot of acrimony between Fawaz and Michael's family. Fawaz was snubbed from the funeral, is banned from visiting the cemetery, and the family is reportedly considering taking legal action to have him removed from Michael's multi-million-dollar townhouse. Since Michael's death, Fawaz has been living in the [...]

Feb 20, 2018

Is Distracted Driving Really All That Dangerous?

By |February 20th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Everyone knows the extreme dangers of drinking and driving. The potential for tragic accidents and loss of life, as well as the severe consequences for those charged with drunk driving, is well known. However, distracted driving is just as serious, yet people do it every day without a second thought. It's not hyperbole to say that it's not a matter of if you'll have an accident driving while distracted, but when. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from your main focus behind the wheel—driving and paying attention [...]

Feb 7, 2018

Who Has Standing to Contest a Will in Tennessee?

By |February 7th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

If you want to contest a will, there are certain requirements that must be met to determine if you can do so legally. This means that you must first have legal standing before you can contest a will in Tennessee. The following are a few questions about determine who might have standing to contest a will and some of the other constraints regarding an estate dispute. Q: What is the time limit for disputing a will in Tennessee? The legal time limit, or statute of limitations for contesting a will in [...]

Jan 23, 2018

What Do You Do If You Suspect Your Car Crash Was Staged?

By |January 23rd, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Car accidents are scary enough when they occur on their own, but when you find out that the car crash that injured you was staged for insurance fraud, it can be difficult to contain your outrage. Insurance fraud of all types costs everyone hundreds of dollars each year in higher premiums. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reports that the total cost of insurance fraud (non-health insurance) is estimated to be more than $40 billion each year, which costs the average American family between $400 and $700 every year in the [...]

Jan 9, 2018

Witness Testimony in the Will and Probate Process

By |January 9th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

The act of writing a will alone is not a legally sufficient manner of determining the fate of one’s earthly possessions. Wills need to be witnessed and filed, and nearly every will in Tennessee eventually goes through the probate process. What many Tennessee residents may not realize is that witnesses to a will are often required to testify during the probate process. Understanding the role of a witness to a will, and the reasons for their testimony during probate is crucial to deciding whether to take on the responsibility of being [...]

Nov 28, 2017

Sibling Rivalry and Probate Litigation: Familiarity Can Breed Contempt

By |November 28th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Whether you grew up with brothers and sisters, or have more than one child of your own, you know that sibling rivalry is fairly common. We have found that even the friendliest of siblings, however, can end up embroiled in arguments when it comes to inheritance disputes. This is especially true if there is no will, but it can happen when there is an estate plan in place, too. We have found that these are the more likely scenarios to lead to a will contest: There is economic disparity between the [...]

Nov 21, 2017

How Wrongful Death Cases Work in Tennessee

By |November 21st, 2017|Wrongful Death|0 Comments

Losing a loved one is always hard, but it can be even more tragic if that person was the victim of negligence. Under Tennessee law, the family of the recently deceased can file a wrongful death claim, through the civil justice system, in order to recover damages. We know that many families feel uncomfortable about the idea of a lawsuit, or fear they will be perceived in a poor light if they file one. We want you to know that these types of claims are common and legal, and that you [...]

Nov 10, 2017

What You Should Know about the Hazards of Broadside Car Crashes

By |November 10th, 2017|Car Accident|0 Comments

Broadside collisions, also called T-bone crashes or side-impact crashes, are almost always the result of negligence. Unfortunately, broadside crashes are one of the most dangers types of motor vehicle crashes that can occur because the side of the vehicle lacks the protection of the crumple zones contained in the front and rear-end of the vehicle. Because the side of the vehicle is unable to absorb much energy from the impact of the oncoming vehicle, occupants can receive a significant portion of that impact causing serious injuries and fatalities. What are some [...]

Oct 24, 2017

Five Tips for Handling the Probate Administration Process in Tennessee

By |October 24th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Every estate goes through the probate process – even those where the decedent left a will. If you are named the administrator of the estate, you may face unexpected challenges. We want to offer a handful of tips to remember, to ease along the process. 1. Know that you can say “no” to administering the estate. Whether you were named executor in the decedent’s will, or you were appointed by the probate court, serving as the executor of an estate is a serious responsibility. There are a host of tasks that [...]

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