Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

Many of our clients own one or more residential rental properties.  For the most part these clients are great people and always try to do the right thing.  However, there always seems to be a lot of confusion and myths as to what the law actually says in regard to their various rental problems.  Most of the time, if the rental property lies in a certain county in Tennessee where the population is over 75,000 (as defined by the 2010 census), like here in Wilson and many of the surrounding counties, the law is set forth in the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA) of Tennessee. 

Even though these laws can be somewhat difficult to understand, they are a guide which can lead a landlord, with the help and advice of his attorney, through the many minefields of landlord tenant law.  If the county's population is under 75,000 then the laws are mostly governed by Tennessee case law and are much more difficult to traverse. 

In almost all instances of landlord tenant disputes it takes an attorney who is a veteran in this area.  Our law firm has handled hundreds of these disputes, many of which settle outside of litigation.  If you have a legal question about your rental matters please contact us today.

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Posted on 10/21/2015 10:00 AM by Jonathan Tinsley
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Preparing for Your Estate Planning Intake Meeting

Almost every client begins their journey to creating estate documents with an intake meeting.  Inevitably, the first questions asked when the meeting is scheduled is, "what should I bring?"  The good news is that there is no requirement for you to bring anything to your intake meeting.  However, to get the most out of your meeting, it is beneficial to prepare for it.  Here are a few key ways to do that:

  1. Review and bring any prior estate documents that you have.   This may not be necessary for your circumstances, but it is definitely helpful. 
  2. Gather basic information regarding your assets.  One of the most important parts of the intake meeting is gathering information on what you own.  At this point, we may not need to go into extensive detail, but we will need an outline of sorts.  This does includes assets, such as real estate, that may be located in another state. 
  3. Think about what you want to happen with your assets and consider what is most important to you about that plan.  For example, are you really wanting avoid probate? Do you have a lot of creditors? Are your children minors? At what ages do you want your heirs (or beneficiaries) to receive their distribution?
  4. Come with questions.  Another large part of the first meeting involves me teaching clients about the law and various options available.  This is usually a great conversation that is only made better if questions are involved.  This is your plan that we are building and I want you to be completely comfortable with the options you choose.
  5. If you are interested, use our intake informational sheets If you would like assistance in thinking through some of the details, our office does have intake forms that can be useful.  Please feel free to use these, but they are optional.

The bottom-line is that we hope to make the intake process pleasant and straight-forward.  Even if you feel completely unprepared for the meeting, we will gladly walk you through the process.  

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Posted on 10/06/2015 10:14 AM by Erika Piland
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