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Nov

24

The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019 by Rachel Lamey

On May 9th, 2019, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler introduced the Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019, also referenced as H.R. 2648, to the House of Representatives. It is commonly accepted that student loan debt is nondischargeable in a bankruptcy filing. This means that student loan debt survives a bankruptcy discharge and is still […]

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Nov

11

Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program Receives Federal Approval by Gloria Crawford

Starting on November 23, 2020, TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) will begin accepting referrals for the Katie Beckett Program (the “Program”). Under the Program, children with disabilities and/or complex medical needs that are not currently Medicaid eligible, because of their parents’ income or assets, may now receive coverage if they […]

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Nov

6

No Bees, No Honey, No Work, No Money – Proverb by R. Keith Gordon

A good business is like a beehive; at least, it should bee. (see what I did there?) At our firm, we meet with businesses at all stages of development: from start-ups running out of garages or shared-rent spaces, to multi-national companies with offices across the globe.  Regardless of a company’s size, we tend to see […]

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Oct

23

Tennessee Mechanic’s Lien Overview for Projects Impacted By COVID-19 by Gaylord Gardner

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 has created a number of challenges for the construction industry.  It has caused a shortage of supplies and materials, caused delays in completing projects, and has put some project developers, owners, and general contractors in a position where they are unable to pay their contractors, subcontractors and suppliers (each considered […]

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Oct

9

How the Tax Code Can Shape Your Behavior by J. Drew Zimmer

Very few people like paying taxes. Most of us look for ways to reduce our tax liability. For example, we save making major purchases for the annual “tax-free” shopping weekends that occur in many states late in the summer prior to the start of the school year. Not only do we modify our spending habits […]

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Sep

25

Inventor at Work by Jeromye V. Sartain

Are your creative juices really flowing during this coronavirus shutdown? Are you busy solving problems even brought about by COVID? Perhaps you’ve been laid off or furloughed and have had plenty of time on your hands to dust off an old idea and start to make real progress with it. Or you had a middle […]

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Sep

11

Is Estate Planning Necessary for You? The Answer Might Surprise You… by Brittney R. Mulvaney

Estate planning is the process of planning for incapacity, death, and the distribution of your estate.  While the topic of planning for your death or incapacity may not be a topic you enjoy discussing, it can be far more comforting for you and your loved ones to know that you have a plan in place […]

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Aug

13

HEALS, HEROES, and How We Can Help by Gloria D. Crawford and Rachel E. Lamey

July 31st, 2020 marked the expiration of the CARES Act, which brought an abrupt and unwelcome end to the much needed enhanced unemployment benefits for 25 million Americans. The Act also provided a federal moratorium for evictions of certain covered dwellings for those that were unable to pay their rent. Under the Act, landlords were […]

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Jul

7

Evictions During COVID-19 by Gloria D. Crawford

Franklin, TN Lawyers Providing Legal Information on Evictions During COVID-19 When the COVID-19 coronavirus began to spread across the United States, federal and state governments acted quickly to soften the immediate impact on Americans. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which included moratoriums on evictions for covered dwellings; […]

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May

20

Residential Real Estate Closing Process By R. Keith Gordon

Lawyers And Real Estate Closings The purchase of a home, is quite often, the first real exposure most people have to complex loan and purchase contracts.  The process while simple on its surface seems fairly straightforward, we consistently receive calls from individuals that have questions concerning the purchase, funding, or closing process. Please see below […]

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May

15

Governor Lee Extends Executive Orders No. 36 and 37 for Continued COVID-19 Relief by Gloria D. Crawford

Earlier this week Governor Lee extended Executive Orders Nos. 36 and 37, which serve to allow the state government to continue to operate in a State of Emergency during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Parts of Executive Order No. 36 relax certain guidelines for healthcare providers to allow providers to continue to focus on treating patients […]

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Apr

30

Employees Refusing to Return to Work and Unemployment by Gaylord Gardner

Furloughed Employees Return to Work With many Tennessee businesses preparing to open, a number of business owners are experiencing an unexpected response from their furloughed employees: their furloughed employees do not want to return to work and wish to continue receiving unemployment benefits.   Under the CARES Act, employees receiving unemployment are receiving an extra $600 […]

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