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 …

Caution when merging

In recent years I have seen an increase in mergers between nonprofits, including between churches, charitable organizations and educational institutions. There are a number of reasons why nonprofits merge, including the consolidation of a shared mission or purpose, combining financial resources and reducing cost, volunteers and leadership, to infuse new life and vigor into an organization, or to increase spheres …

What it takes to walk away

At some point in your career, you may decide that the lure of greener pastures, or the siren song of long lusted after holiday destinations are now too hard to ignore. After years of putting in time at the corporate office, the firm, or slaving away in a skilled trade or industry overseeing the manufacture of golden widgets, you have …

140.6 miles to learn 4 simple lessons

Last Fall I had the opportunity to train for and race in an Ironman in Panama City, Florida. An Ironman is a 140.6 mile race, broken down as a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. The race has to be completed within 17 hours in order for a participant to be considered an official Ironman finisher. …

Now, later, or too late? Knowing the optimal time to trademark your company’s name

In the rush to get to market, business owners often postpone branding and trademark considerations for the day when cash and time are less scarce. After selecting a catchy name for the business, its products, or services, today’s entrepreneurs typically acquire domain names, print business cards, design and print packaging, and start advertising. Often times, though, too little thought is …

Now, later, or too late? Knowing the optimal time to trademark your company’s name

In the rush to get to market, business owners often postpone branding and trademark considerations for the day when cash and time are less scarce. After selecting a catchy name for the business, its products, or services, today’s entrepreneurs typically acquire domain names, print business cards, design and print packaging, and start advertising. Often times, though, too little thought is …

Don’t get caught napping!

Defamation and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress – Another Day at the Park This past week, satirists, haters of the law, and comedians around the world had cause to celebrate yet again as another seemingly frivolous lawsuit landed with a yawn, or rather a snore, above newspaper folds across the country in the media’s attention, when napping New York Yankees …

Joint tenancy: a bitter inheritance

I remember as a kid when my siblings and I would get into fights while traveling on trips, and my father would threaten “Do I need to pull the car over?” That was always enough to stop the dispute. Improper estate planning can bring back those memories – by rekindling childish jealousies among adult children. But this time, if you …

Can your child support be modified?

If it has been more than one year since your child support order was entered by the Court, it is probably time to take your child support in for a check-up. Chances are that either you or former spouse has had an increase or decrease in income since the time your child support order was entered, or have had a …

Personal injury cases and subrogation

I will continue future posts related to the adoption process, but presently, I would like to highlight an area of my personal injury practice that arises in many, if not all, cases. While I have had the privilege of serving clients in slip and fall cases and other premise liability matters, many personal injury cases involve automobile collisions. Sadly, some …