Who will inherit your intellectual property?

Intellectual property assets [“IPA”] are easy to overlook during estate planning, since they are intangible-having no physical existence—as opposed to the tangible personal property or real property that can be touched. Most business owners, entrepreneurs, and many others own some form of their intellectual property, or “creations of the mind,” but athletes and “creative” clients-including authors, songwriters, entertainers, and visual …

Contesting the Validity of a Last Will & Testament versus a Revocable Living Trust

Any attorney handling estate planning matters will have been asked this question…what do you recommend for estate planning, a Will or a Trust? The answer is the standard lawyer response…it depends. In fact, it depends on a variety of factors: What are the family dynamics like? What is the nature of assets owned? Where are the assets located (in state/out …

It’s almost time to vote

As the signs go up in yards, the mailers increase, and the political commercials intensify, you know it is almost time to vote. We have less than 30 days until we go to the ballot on November 4th. This year’s ballot will contain 4 proposed constitutional amendments. Amendment 1 empowers the legislature to enact, amend or repeal statutes regarding abortion. …

Step parent adoption in Tennessee

Many times clients come into our office and say that they, along with the biological parent, have raised their step child and now wish to formalize the relationship through adoption. This type of adoption is a way for people to legally know what they have emotionally felt for years: that the child is their own. Most of the time when …