Real Estate and Nursing Homes

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Should I sell my parents’ home if they are going into a nursing home?  Consult an attorney. Selling the home may end up disqualifying an individual from TennCare (Medicaid) benefits.  The home is usually an excluded asset when applying for Medicaid.

Eviction Questions

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023

If a tenant does not pay rent in Tennessee, can I evict them? If there are 75,000 residents or more in your county, follow the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.  In smaller counties, issue at least 30 days’ notice in writing.

What Happens if I Die Without a Will

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023

Who inherits if you die without a will? If there is no will in place, Tennessee allows intestate succession.  If property is owned by the deceased, there are a few scenarios:  If there is a spouse but no children, the spouse inherits.  If there is no spouse and there are surviving children, the children inherit equally.  If there is a spouse and children in Tennessee, the spouse receives either 1/3rd or a child’s equal share.  


Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

A conservatorship is basically a guardianship for an incapacitated adult. Conservatorship can be solely for the estate, meaning the person’s finances or for the person, such as authority to handle day to day life decisions, or for both the estate and the person. Conservatorships are created by a court order.  To avoid a conservatorship, be sure to have a valid power of attorney in place designating your agent.  

General Power of Attorneys

Wednesday, July 12th, 2023

A general durable power of attorney is an important legal document that involves designating an agent to handle your legal and financial affairs. Tennessee recognizes springing durable power of attorney which means the document is activated if you are incapacitated.  Something as simple as cancelling a mobile phone service cannot be handled without a valid POA. Individuals can save money and time with a POA compared to the costs of a conservatorship that involves court intervention.

How to Pass the Bar the First Time!!!!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

I graduated from the Nashville School of Law December 2011 and took the bar in February 2012. I was practicing law by May 2012.

I attended law school at night for four years.  Recently I read that the Nashville School of Law had a mere 28% pass rate for the most recent bar exam.

I compiled the proceeding notes following my exam and shared them with a class.  I hope bar applicants surfing the Internet find this helpful.  You CAN pass the bar the first time!!!!