Alternative dispute resolution methods that keep you out of court

Running your own business can be a massive endeavor, whether you are just starting up or you have been operating for generations. And no matter how long you have been operating, there is the potential for legal issues to arise and threaten the future of your business. Legal issues can stem from employment disputes, contract breaches or the protection of …

How (And Why) Religious Organizations Get Tax-Exempt Status

In recognition of their first-amendment rights, as well as their general importance to American culture, the U.S. government has enacted special tax laws that apply to churches and other religious organizations. Specifically, these entities are typically exempt from having to pay income tax and, likewise, are usually able to receive tax-exempt contributions. Yet obtaining this tax-exempt status is not always …

4 ways your estate plan can benefit your children

Parents spend their lives trying to protect their kids and make life better for them. And these efforts can last long after a parent passes away if he or she has in place a comprehensive estate plan. Unfortunately, if you are a parent who puts off estate planning or does partial planning, you could be leaving your kids unprotected in …

Adopting a stepchild? Know about termination of parental rights

Making the decision to adopt a stepchild is one of the greatest things a stepparent can do. And while it may be an easy decision based on the parent-child relationship that has been built, the legal process can be more complicated. This is particularly true when it comes to terminating a biological parent’s rights so that you can adopt. Below, …

Divorcing Tennessee parents need to ensure kids feel loved

Facing the stress of divorce may be many Tennessee residents’ worst nightmare. However, when children are involved in these proceedings, parents may want to remember that their kids can also face a considerable deal of stress during this time. Therefore, individuals concerned with custody and other areas of family law should determine how to potentially make the situation easier on …

Goal-oriented legal counsel and advocacy across Middle Tennessee

Transparency, Candid communication, Tailored advocacy These descriptors are the fundamental objectives in every client matter for the lawyers at Fidelis Law. From our offices in Brentwood, our legal team of attorneys — who collectively have decades of professional experience — seek to promote and advocate for the legal interests of our diverse clientele across select practice areas. We serve clients …

Does an LLC protect its owners from an outside creditor?

Operating a business as a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) in Tennessee has become a popular option. Even though Tennessee charges initial and annual filing fees, for many business owners, that cost is worth every penny. LLCs in Tennessee have two often-touted advantages: they (1) protect the company’s owners from personal responsibility for the company’s liabilities (such as loans and lawsuits) …

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. …