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Mar

1

Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations? by Gaylord Gardner

With the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations speeding up, some employers are asking whether they can legally require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination.  In many cases, the answer is “yes” so long as employers comply with federal and state workplace laws.  Recently the EEOC provided an opinion that under the Americans with Disabilities […]

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Feb

12

My Business was Just Served with a Lawsuit. What should I do next? by J. Drew Zimmer

The most important thing that any business can do when it is served as a defendant in a lawsuit is to immediately contact an attorney for a consultation. It does not matter if you ‘know for a fact’ that it is a nuisance suit or just factually incorrect. Never reach out to the Plaintiff or […]

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Jan

28

Trust Us, You Can Avoid Probate by Brittney R. Mulvaney

Having an estate plan is essential to prepare for the future and provide for your loved ones. A major question that most clients have regarding their estate plan is whether they should choose a last will and testament (a “will”) or a revocable living trust to express their testamentary intent. This blog post discusses a […]

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Jan

7

You’ve Been Arrested, Now What? by Haley Smith

While no one would ever choose to be arrested, it is smart to be prepared in the event you find yourself in such a situation. Once an officer informs you that you are under arrest, remain silent and inform the officer that you will not answer any questions until you have spoken to your attorney. […]

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Dec

22

What’s in a Name? Why Federal Trademark Registration Matters by Jeromye V. Sartain

Every business has a brand.  And every brand implicates trademark law.  Being sure that your rights in your brand name are secured through trademark registration is vitally important to your business. While federal registration technically does not give rise to trademark rights, it can definitely help in protecting and enforcing those rights, which are ultimately […]

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Dec

16

Estate Planning Myths and Misconceptions by Brittney R. Mulvaney

Myth #1: I have a will so probate won’t be necessary. This is a very common misconception. Probate is the court supervised process for distributing a person’s property and paying final bills after that person passes away. A last will and testament is not a document that can be executed to avoid probate. Wills can […]

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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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