How Do I Leave Money to My Favorite Charity or Church?

This is one of the most important reasons to take care of your estate planning. Executing a will allows you to provide for how your estate will be divided at your death. If you wish to leave property or funds to your favorite cause, you must have a will, as Tennessee state laws for how property is distributed at death would not allow for this. Proper estate planning can help you support your favorite charities, educational institutions, religious institutions, churches, etc. … [Read more...]

Who Can Make a Last Will & Testament?

In Tennessee, anyone over the age of 18 can execute a will, as long as they are of sound mind. This means the person must understand the consequences of their actions, and the person should generally have an understanding of their assets and potential heirs. The person executing the will is known as the "testator". The will must be witnessed by two people, who will watch the Testator sign his or her name to the will, and the witnesses must sign the Testator's presence and in the presence of each … [Read more...]

What is a Marital Dissolution Agreement?

An MDA is essentially a contract entered into by divorcing spouses, and this contract addresses how the parties’ assets and debts will be divided. This document can also provide for the division of retirement funds, for spousal support and for issues related to health insurance coverage.   … [Read more...]

How long does it take to get a divorce in Tennessee?

Tennessee law requires that all divorces be on file for at least 60 days prior to being finalized. If minor children are involved, the divorce will have to be on file for at least 90 days. Typically, uncontested divorces can be finalized shortly after the waiting period. However, contested divorces could last anywhere between 6 months and a couple of years, allowing time for discovery, mediation and trial preparation. … [Read more...]

What if I don’t know where my spouse is living but want to get divorced?

One requirement after you file for divorce is that you “serve” your spouse with divorce papers. However, if your spouse’s whereabouts are unknown, this can be a difficult task to accomplish. If the filing spouse proves to the judge that he or she has made a “good faith effort” to locate the other spouse, and swears that he or she does not know where their spouse is currently residing, the judge may allow the filing spouse to serve the other by publication. This would require running a notice in … [Read more...]

What should I look for in an attorney?

If you have never worked with an attorney before, choosing one can be an intimidating process. First and foremost, family law cases are deeply personal, and you need to work with an attorney that you like and trust. Also, look for an attorney who is experienced in handling your type of case. If you are facing a divorce, custody issue or child support case, I would suggest working with an attorney that specializes in family law. Because family law cases are often emotional, they can drag on … [Read more...]

What Counties Do You Work In?

Our office serves the following Counties: Cheatham County Davidson County Dickson County Maury County Montgomery County Robertson County Rutherford County Sumner County Williamson County Wilson County ** We have represented clients in counties that are farhter away, such as Smith County, Putnam County, DeKalb County, Warren County, Coffee County and Hamilton County as well. However, legal fees could potentially be increased due to the necessary travel time involved with … [Read more...]

What is CASA?

CASA stands for "Court Appointed Special Advocates", and this organization professionally trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Tennessee juvenile courts. These volunteers are appointed by judges on specific cases, and each CASA worker advocates for the best interests of the children involved. The goal of every CASA volunteer is to find a safe, permanent home for victimized children. CASA currently serves 45 counties in Tennessee. … [Read more...]

Where can I read about Tennessee divorce and custody laws?

Most statutes governing Tennessee family law, including divorce, adoption, custody and child support are found in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36. And, of course, there is case law handed down regularly by the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Tennessee Supreme Court. A quick internet search for Tennessee Code Annotated Section 36 should bring up some information related to your case. … [Read more...]

Can I follow you on other social media sites?

Yes! I continually post breaking Tennessee family and estate law news. I also post articles that could provide you with valuable information to raising your children in a broken family. Connect with me on LinkedIn. "Like" us on Facebook! Follow Lauren on Twitter: @lwcastles. Find us on Google+. You will notice buttons on the bottom of each page in this website that can direct you to our social media sites. Please join us on our social pages and share in the conversation, ask … [Read more...]

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