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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: we are purchasing land in the state of tennesse. Is it required that we use an attorney for a simple land contract?
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Apr 25, 2022

You are not "required" to use an attorney to purchase real estate in Tennessee. However, I would encourage you to consider using a real estate agent. There may be issues you are not familiar with that a real estate agent may be able to help with. You also may want to use or talk to a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am buying in Tennessee and have not signed a contract.

I am buying a rent-to-own home in TN. I have not signed a contract. Can I be charged a late fee, for first late payment?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 7, 2022

You may want to rethink this transaction. The landlord will probably keep whatever money you pay him and file a Detainer Warrant.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Tennessee on
Q: My contractor hasn’t finished a simple job for 9 months. Can I just fire him or do I have to wait a certain # of days?

It’s a covered porch. Had to redo cement already. Is t building the roofline agreed to. I just want to cut my losses.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Apr 7, 2022

Your contract would control whether you can fire him. If his lack of performance has materially breached your agreement, then you may have options. Consult counsel to determine your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Consumer Law, Contracts and Identity Theft for Tennessee on
Q: A person with the same name used to live at my address. The creditor sued and won a judgement. I never got notice.

Did the creditor win a judgement against anyone with that name at my address or against specifically the person who made the contract. Can I be considered liable for the debt? Do I need to countersue this creditor for the mistake?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 14, 2022

You must hire an attorney. Setting aside such a Judgment will be difficult and will require some very precise pleadings. You will have to go to Court and prove you are not the proper Judgment Debtor. Time is running against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: When a judgment is awarded in favor of the Plaintiff; How long before Writ of Possession can be executed? Same day?

The Plaintiff (Landlord) won the Detainer Warrant hearing by default as I could not appear due to my being hospitalized the night before the Hearing at 9 am. (However, I had no real defense, I was behind and had no way to come up with what I owed; 2 months rent, so I was expecting to lose at the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 8, 2022

If you are still in possession ten days after the Judgment, then the landlord can ask for a

Writ of Possession to issue. Usually the Sheriff will contact you to leave prior to force, but it is not required. Not going to Court probably forfeited your Security Deposit which you did not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Can I take legal action as an independent contractor against a company that didn't pay me even without a formal contract

Hi! Im an independent contractor working in the audio engineering field. Back in November, the company managing production for a local venue asked one of their regular independents for recommendations for more people to bring in and I was asked to come in for one day. After completing the gig, the... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Feb 4, 2022

If The company asked you to do the work -and you did the work- you should be entitled to be paid. The fact there is not a writing shouldn't prevent you from making a claim.

You may want to formally write them sending an invoice for your services - and if that doesn't work you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I bought a business and learned 6 months later that it has three liens on the business assets. Any recourse I can take?

I have paid 85% of the contract price but stopped making payments because I want to sue the seller for the amount I’ve paid so far. Does the non disclosure of the liens by the seller open the door for breach of contract and refund?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 31, 2022

The Bulk Sale Law is probably violated. But you will need to examine your potential defendant. If no disclosure was made, then breach of contract may not have occurred. Obviously you did not check this out prior to purchase. Hire a competent attorney to examine your choices.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Business Law for Tennessee on
Q: We bought a brand new camper from a dealership. It came from the factory missing some things and some items were in non

Working condition. The dealership assured us they would have all repaired/restored to new condition under warranty. It has now been 6 months and they have not. I have been making camper payments all this time and it has sat on their lot waiting to be restored. I want my money back and to be... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 15, 2021

I recommend hiring a competent attorney to file an Action in Chancery for Rescission. You will not make any money but you should mitigate your losses.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: 2 month old leased car stolen. Ins. paid bank directly. Bank kept all additional down payment 22K. and deceived me. ???
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 15, 2021

What is your question? Insurance will pay off lender not you, as you are not the owner.

Read your Contract, but it is doubtful that you have any contractual rights for a refund.

Hire an attorney for a consultation after reading your Contract which you agreed to. I doubt Equity...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: My girlfriend and I are both on the loan and title of my vehicle. Can she take possession of it?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 4, 2021

Apparently both of you own the vehicle, so either owner can use the vehicle. The lender can come after either of you for the entire loan amount.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Language in a contract

as part of the consideration of this sale, the contract between the parties is by reference incorporated herein and made a part hereof; the terms and conditions contained herein shall survive the closing and shall not merge upon the delivery of the warranty deed.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 25, 2021

What is your Question? Each party's obligations continue pass the delivery of the Deed. What counts is the Title not the Contract of Sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Signed a contract to buy property but unable to look for other properties. The original tenants are not moving out

Informed seller that we didnt want any tenants and notified realtors also. They are abligating to sign but the property is not available to move in. Seller will not amend this and will be incommunicado for 4 -6 weeks. We need to know what we can do.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 18, 2021

Read your Contract verbatim. It may be worth the risk to walk away from it. Or you may want to purchase then file a Detainer Warrant. Consult with a competent attorney. The Grantee takes subject to the right of possession of the occupant, which may be a breach of warranty by the Grantor. But... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is a 2 year verbal agreement grandfathered
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 7, 2021

What is the question?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Tennessee on
Q: How would you go about recovering money paid on a contract for deed?

I have been making payments on a contract for deed only to find out that the person recieving payments is not the deeded owner. Would this be considered felony fraud? Should I contact the sheriff?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 11, 2021

You can try to get the Sheriff to get a Warrant, but it is doubtful. Put together proof of payment, the Contract, and the actual owner's Deed. More than likely You are left with suing your contracting party for breach of contract, fraud, and any other appropriate causes of action. Hire a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can someone who has a contract for deed from the deeded property owner issue another contract for deed to someone else?

I have a contract for deed from someone who is buying property on a contract for deed already from someone else. Meaning the person who I pay is not the deeded owner and they do not have their contract for deed recorded. Is this legal in Tennessee? Can someone who is not the deeded property owner... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Aug 11, 2021

No. You should speak to an attorney. This could turn out badly.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I work for a restoration contracting franchise can we bring civil litigation against an insurance carrier that owes us $

1 insurance carrier owes us almost $20k going back to Labor Day 2020. Can we sue for that?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 22, 2021

If the insurer had agreed to pay for your work as opposed to the insured then the insurer may be liable. If your contract/ agreement is with the insured- and the insurer is supposed to pay the insured- then your customer may have to pursue the insurer and your remedy may be against your customer-... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: I was an apprentice for a shop for 3 years and was about to receive my piercing license but the owner and I had a disput

They did not allow me to obtain my license. This was 2011. What do I need to do to obtain my legal license for piercing? I do not want to go through an apprenticeship again since I still hold the knowledge. Hope you can help!

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 13, 2021

You must contact the Regulatory Agency in Nashville that handles such a License. They are the ones that issue the License.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Can I make a copy of the person's ID (drivers License) at check in to a hotel
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 7, 2021

If the licensee gives you permission to, then yes. But otherwise you are subject to the licensee claiming identity fraud.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: If I have a verbal agreement to vacate and the landlord is aware do I have to sign a contract still?

A verbal agreement was made between me my roommate and landlord on when I must vacate do I legally have to sign a contract with my roommate still?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 2, 2021

Sometimes people can remember verbal agreements differently -

If you signed a lease on the front end, it would be best to clearly set out in a writing how the lease ends as to you. This would include your roommate -as you don't want either making a claim against you later.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: If contract to sell states property as is, does that include washer and dryer?
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jun 23, 2021

The term "as is" really relates to whether the seller is making any warranties or representations- not what is staying o going at the property. This really comes down to whether there is a paragraph in the contract that speaks to what is staying or not. A washer and dryer would... Read more »

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