Accident and Personal Injury
Serious accident and personal injury cases are a primary practice area for our office. We do not advertise on television. Rather, we prefer a dignified approach to helping clients. Serious injuries or death of a loved one results in tremendous loss and has a profound impact upon life. Both losses and harms from these events cannot be fixed. Our attorneys strive to help you get the best possible result in the worst of circumstances. Trust an experienced lawyer, ready, willing and able to take your case to trial if necessary for a successful outcome. We have successfully helped our clients recover millions of dollars in cases involving:
Serious Car Accidents
Tractor Trailer Accidents
Fire/ Explosion/ Burn Accidents
Premises Liability, including slip and fall
Estate Planning, Wills and Testamentary Trusts
Everyone needs an estate plan. Whether your estate planning needs are simple or complicated, large or small, you need a plan that meets your individual needs. If you die without a Will the State of Tennessee mandates how your property will be distributed, regardless of your wishes. Your Last Will and Testament is your opportunity to distribute your property, create testamentary trusts, provide for the care of your minor children, name your Trustee and your Executor, and otherwise express your desires upon your death. We have helped hundreds of Tennesseans with their estate planning needs, large and small.
Your estate planning needs may change as your life changes. It is common for people to update their Wills throughout their lives. Even if we did not draft your original Will, we can draft a Codicil (change to an existing Will) or a new Will that addresses changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interest, and general lifestyle decisions.
Estate planning is more than Wills and Trusts. Estate planning includes matters that apply during your lifetime. The proper estate plan may include a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters, and/or a Living Will. These documents allow you to name persons to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Making these decisions yourself, in advance, may help take the burden off your loved ones. We always discuss these documents with our clients as part of the estate planning process.
Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies to legally transfer the title to assets to the beneficiaries designated in a will. The laws of intestacy also govern the process for the distribution of property where there has been no will. The law provides for who qualifies as an heir to the deceased and what portion of the assets the heir is entitled to receive. During the probate process, an executor (or administrator, if there was no will) will go through many tasks, such as identifying and inventorying estate property, paying estate debts and taxes and distributing property as directed by a will or state law. Being named as an executor or an administrator of an estate can appear to be a daunting responsibility. We have administered simple and complicated estates over the years and guided executors and administrators through the probate process, start to finish. Our office takes a strong "hands on" approach to all areas of estate administration, taking the burden off the executor as much as possible.
Business and Corporate
Our attorneys provide professional advice tailored to your business needs. We are knowledgeable in forming new partnerships, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and LLCs, and restructuring existing businesses. We have handled hundreds of small business transactions including purchase/sale of businesses and corporate dissolutions. We routinely draft and interpret business related contracts, leases, non-compete and confidentiality agreements and corporate minutes. We are also experienced in business litigation.
Our attorneys work closely with the Juvenile Court in Robertson County to defend children accused of criminal conduct and to protect those neglected or abused by their parents or in need of assistance from the state. If your family is in need of temporary custody or guardianship, or a Guardian Ad Litem, we can help you.
The Constitution guarantees that all accused citizens have the right to an attorney at all stages of criminal proceedings. Our attorneys have stood by our clients accused of crimes for many years. We have successfully handled thousands of cases for citizens throughout Middle Tennessee in General Sessions and Criminal Courts. Our successful trial experience in cases ranges from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies. If you are accused of any criminal offense by the State, call today to see how we can assist you.
Social Security Disability
Citizens disabled from working have the ultimate struggle. They cannot work, feed their families, or pay for health care. We have successfully helped hundreds of disabled people get their benefits and back pay at the hearing level. Our representative services include:
Social Security Disability Insurance
General Civil Litigation
We represent clients across a broad spectrum of civil proceedings in Robertson County General Sessions and Circuit Court. We also provide representation in arbitration and mediation before administrative agencies and independent mediators.
A conservatorship is a probate court proceeding in which the court removes certain rights from an individual who can no longer make decisions for himself. The Court transfers those rights to a "conservator." Most often conservatorships are used with aging relatives. However, a conservatorship may also be used for those who have been temporarily disabled by an illness or an accident. Conservatorships may also be used by those who are mentally, physically, or emotionally unable to care for themselves. Typically, those appointed to be a conservator are close family members, friends, or other caretakers.
A conservatorship can be costly, time consuming, and emotionally difficult. Often a conservatorship can be avoided completely with proper advanced planning. In those situations where a conservatorship is unavoidable, it is important to have an experienced attorney guide you through the process. We have that experience, having represented clients in contested and uncontested conservatorship proceedings.
Divorce and Family Law
Divorce, child custody, adoption and family-related matters are particularly stressful for spouses, children and other loved ones. Emotions can effect behavior and decision making for everyone involved. A lawyer that you can trust is critical in this situation. We have an extensive and successful track record representing clients in contested and uncontested proceedings for:
Divorce and Custody
Termination of Parental Rights
We have represented victims of industrial injuries for over 17 years. The Tennessee State Legislature has severely limited the rights of injured workers and made it more difficult for them to receive medical care, temporary and permanent disability benefits and/ or death benefits. Our attorneys endeavor to level the playing field for injured workers. Call today for a free consultation and see if we can help.
We help individuals and companies buy, sell and lease real estate. We are equipped to assist our clients with a variety of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate transactions. Real estate law is full of nuances that can lead to consequences for buyers, sellers and lessors and lessees. Our attorneys are able to help you navigate these transactions.