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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: how long does one have to be married to get there retirement?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 26, 2020

Generally speaking, in the State of Tennessee, marital property is divided, but separate property is not. All of the property is identified, classified and valued. Tennessee is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that once the property is classified as marital or separate, the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: Probation with VOP and recent dui results

My boyfriend is on probation and already has one VOP. We recently got into an accident which resulted in him recieving a DUI. We can not afford to pay his attorney to get him out of this trouble but he makes too much money to get a court appointed attourney. What can I do to help him?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 24, 2020

You have a constitutional right to an attorney. Petition the Judge to give you a Public Defender or appointed attorney. With what you meantioned, I would not go to court without an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I filed for divorce in TN and my spouse is incarcerated. He did not file an answer to my complaint. What do I do next?

He was served over 30 says ago by a deputy sheriff in jail. I have filed all papers for the initial complaint including custody papers, the divorce certificate, the parenting class certificate, child support (which is zero because he's incarcerated for 15 years) etc...I'm just needing to... Read more »

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 23, 2020

You can get an attorney and do it on your own. He/she will just have to draft all the appropriate documents, including but not limited to the Final Decree of Divorce and question you in front of the judge.

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Q: What is the form you need to file for a name change after the final divorce decree has been signed in Clarksville tn.
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 21, 2020

If you didn't get your maiden name restored during the divorce, you will have to file a Petition for a Name Change and pay the fee.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a savings account with unmingled assets from an inheritance. Can my wife and I make a postnuptial on amount?

I inherited my mother's estate upon her death and I put the money from the sale of one of her houses into a savings account with only my name on it. The money has never been co-mingled. My wife and I have agreed on a postnuptial for this sum should we ever divorce. Is this possible in TN and... Read more »

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 19, 2020

You should be able to enter into a prenuptial agreement or a similar agreement if you are already married. I would contact an Estate attorney to draw up the agreement for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: How do you get Pro Bono service in Middle Tennessee for Criminal Case?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 17, 2020

You can have a public defender appointed to you if there is an office in your county. You may also want to contact your Local Legal Aid Association. If it is a small county, the Judge may have a list of attorneys who are appointed. Finally, you may call the local bar association and see if they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Tennessee on
Q: How can you press charges on someone who pulled a gun on you and threaten you

They have made several threats of shooting you in the head

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 15, 2020

You should call the police department and have it investigated to send it to the District Attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: Financial Responsibility in accident

I know someone involved in a at fault wreck. They received at letter in the mail about surrendering their license and registration. They no longer have that car involved in wreck, will the state require their current cars registration or just the car involved in wreck?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 15, 2020

Financial responsibility is actually proof of insurance. To be safe, on the court date, I would bring proof of insurance at the time of the wreck and proof that you currently have insurance.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Lemon Law for Tennessee on
Q: Hello, we just bought a house from someone who “flipped” it after it was foreclosed on & we found lot of mold covered up

We have several walls down due to mold and the floor and ceiling in some areas along with our roof in need of mending to prevent it from coming back this is costing us a lot of money and has been very unsafe for my family we would like to take action against them but are unsure of what kind of... Read more »

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 9, 2020

You can probably find a general practice attorney who will take the case. Of importance to your case will be the representations made by the seller and whether you received a warranty or bought it "as is." One of their defenses will be whether you had a property inspection or not.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: Bought house with son 2010. He married 2016. Does property become marital asset if we refinance it now?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 7, 2020

Generally speaking, in the State of Tennessee, marital property is divided, but separate property is not. All of the property is identified, classified and valued. Tennessee is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that once the property is classified as marital or separate, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Tennessee on
Q: What must I do to make my incorporated corporation a professional corporation in Tennessee?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 6, 2020

You should be able to get a form online from the Secretary of State Business Services website. Make sure and check whether it can be done online, because some changes must be mailed in.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Stockbroker Fraud for Tennessee on
Q: What is insider trading? And if I’m buying and selling stocks am I at risk if I buy and sell stocks based on what I see?

Example if I buy stocks in apple after a lawsuit or a product flop when stocks low and turn around and sell the stocks when they release a new product when stocks are high. Is that insider trading??

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 2, 2020

Based on your statement, it looks like you are asking if insider trading is buying or selling stocks based on what you, as a member of the general public sees, for example, on the news. That is not insider trading. Insider trading would be if you are an employee of Apple, for example, and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: What would be considered "good cause" to get rid of a warrant?

Misdemeanor warrant for not showing up to court years ago.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 1, 2020

That's a wide open question. I got rid of a warrant where a guy was in the hospital for heart surgery, when he agreed to a payment plan to pay court costs. I had a capias in criminal court in Monroe County for failure to appear, and they would not let me out of it. I heavily suggest that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I am wanting to get a divorce from my alcoholic husband and want custody of our daughter, where do I start

I am concerned if he will drive drunk with her or pass out with her in his care.

He refuses rehab.

I have been a stay at home mom and need to know where to start.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 31, 2020

I would suggest that you immediately get an order of protection from the police department so that he cannot be around her. The next step is to hire a competent local attorney to file a Complaint for divorce. Once that is done, he/she can get and order of protection with the court. With regard... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I’m the dad was not ever married daughter is now 16 lives with 21 year old I wasn’t informed what is my options

Do I still have to pay child support she will be 17 in 8/10/2020 what’s my legal opt I do have visitation rights

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 28, 2020

Hire a local family law attorney and proceed according to their suggestions.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Tennessee on
Q: How much does it cost to clean up my credit?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 28, 2020

It depends on how bad your credit is. You need to be at least above 640. More is better. Since you are dealing with things that are not easily removeable, I would use a lawfirm like Lexington Law, because they can handle things that need to be removed due to violations of the Fair Credit... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: My husband had me served with divorce papers and he keeps messaging me to sign them. My appt w/att is July 29

I suffer from mental health issues and feel I need legal advice before signing anything.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 19, 2020

You don't have an obligation to sign papers that you are not comfortable with. However, if your Husband has filed a Complaint for Divorce against you, then you do have an obligation to have the Complaint answered. I would consult immediately with a competent local divorce attorney. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: I was charged with burglary from walmart for $30 worth of merchandise that did not scan at self checkout. Then was told

Was charged with theft under $1000. I had no intent on taking anything. I was Christmas shopping and the scanner must have not scanned everything like I thought. What can I do?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 19, 2020

I would get a criminal defense attorney and get the videotape from Walmart. I have handled numerous cases, and Walmart is tough on prosecuting them. The videotape can usually tell whether you consciously avoided scanning an item or passed it across the scanner, thinking that it scanned.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I'm wanting my divorce from my ex that's currently incarcerated on drug charges and I'm disabled an can't pay for it

He is incarcerated on drug charges and he has cheated on me multiple times so I finally got smart and left almost 3 years ago and I'm disabled and notable to pay for my divorce and he thinks he is gonna be able to get away without giving me a divorce cause he said he ain't paying for it.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 15, 2020

I would contact your local Legal Aid Society. I'm not sure where exactly you are in Tennessee, but the folks in my area (Bradley County) use Legal Aid of East Tennessee. If you cannot find a Legal Aid Society, I would contact your local Bar Association and ask for lawyers that are doing pro... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: Been married 23 yrs not been together in 19of those yrs. Both have moved on with our lives...

I want a divorce, but I'm not sure he will sign papers purely out of spite. Would it be wise on my part to file an online divorce and do it myself or should I contact an attorney. We have 2 children together but both are over 18 now. We have no property or shared money to divide. I just simply... Read more »

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 9, 2020

You can file a Complaint for Divorce and pursue without him signing anything. That is done all the time.

I would not recommend handling a divorce without an attorney. Even though it looks like it is simple at this point, in my practice, over 50% of divorces turn into contested divorces....
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