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With the new school year upon us, it is important to note the changes made in Tennessee law affecting schools and students.   Numerous changes have been made this year that can be reviewed at the attached link.  https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2019/06/27/from-civics-to-vaping-here-are-10-education-laws-taking-effect-july-1-in-tennessee/?fbclid=IwAR1zctQ1W8NMh5Zzw_YIYknTLuvy10Fjoe9m0iE4VD5_kGFDMphXarL_NzA Of note, a 50 question civics test drawn from the...

“Wait, does that mean they’re crying or laughing?” “Why did he send me an alligator?” “What does the eggplant mean?” I’m referring to emojis, of course. You love to hate them, but you know you use them too. We mostly think of emojis as harmless fun or...

 A Michigan man recently found himself on the wrong end of the waiting game in a divorce proceeding. Rich Zelasko and his wife, Mary Beth, began divorce proceedings in 2011; however, their divorce was not finalized until 2018. In 2013, Mr. Zelasko was the lucky...

By Laura Vaught This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association, Tennessee Cattle Business. A trust can be a useful tool in estate planning, but one you may not be as familiar with.  Unfortunately trusts often have a negative connotation, associated...

This month's blog post is by Attorney Jason N. King.  Jason focuses his practice on business law, bankruptcy law, civil litigation, creditors' rights, and estate planning and probate law.  About five years ago the United States Supreme Court created a stir among estate planners and bankruptcy...

By Laura Vaught      (This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association, Tennessee Cattle Business.) When I was growing up and we were building, repairing, or painting a fence, I never knew there were so much detail and history in our...

By Chris Holder If you are a general contractor or a subcontractor in the building industry in Middle Tennessee, you know business is booming. You also know that no matter how good your business is in your industry, inevitably things are going to go sideways on...

By Laura Vaught This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association, Tennessee Cattle Business.   You may or may not have ever considered what type of entity you have for your farm business. In Tennessee, you have four main business entities to choose...

This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association, Tennessee Cattle Business. It is written by Attorney, Laura Vaught, who focuses her practice on estate planning, general business matters, and property and real estate matters including legal services for farms and agribusiness. Looking...

This month’s post is by Attorney and Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator Loren A. Sanderson. Loren focuses her practice on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, and adoption. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless you find yourself in an unhappy,...

By: Laura Vaught One of my favorite things about growing up on a farm is the family legacy associated with our farm and the generations before me who have farmed. Many other farm families I know have also worked the same land for generations and would...

by Jason King I bought a house jointly with my adult son, but he has incurred a lot of debt and wants to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Will the house be affected if he files? Short answer: Maybe, if the house can be sold for more...

Q:  I think my subdivision has a homeowners’ association.  Do I have to be a part of it? A:  In most cases, yes, you do have to be a part the HOA.  When you purchased your property, you most likely became bound by the subdivision...

A trust is a legal relationship in which one person (the Trustee) holds property for the benefit of another (the Beneficiary). The property can be any kind of real or personal property--money, real estate, stocks, bonds, business interests, and personal possessions. It is often established...

Q:        Do I need to update my Will? A:        It is a good idea to periodically review your Will.  The estate tax rules have been changing on an annual basis, and consequently, attorneys and estate planners are drafting new provisions to deal with those changes.  There...

Q: Do I need to incorporate my business? A: Incorporating or forming a limited liability company for your business is generally a good way to protect your personal assets from lawsuits involving your business. Before jumping to any quick decision, however, you should consult an attorney...