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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: i recently rcvd a summons to appear in probate court for a civil action filed how do i respond i am an heir liveoutstate

it has been ongoing there is a settelment on the table but i dont know anything about it will i be held responsable for any monies if i dont apear i have rcvd nothing from the estate how do i defend againdt this action

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on May 5, 2020

You should have an attorney review the summons and complaint

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Tennessee on
Q: Being charged ON Campus fees (for an ONLINE course) when no campus services are available be deceptive business practice

Being charged ONLINE fee and ON Campus fees when the course is only ONLINE. There is no benefit graduate students have from these ON CAMPUS fees and no lecture is given ON CAMPUS due to the course being ONLINE.

CAMPUS is now closed yet graduate students still being charged for ON CAMPUS... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on May 1, 2020

Interesting situation. While I agree completely that you should not be charged for on campus services if you are engaged in-line. It would depend on the contract between you and the university. I would first contact the Registrars office by telephone to attempt a resolution

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Can i contest a will after father has been dead for less then 2 years

Father was to sick to change will after DNA was taken .

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Apr 25, 2020

Yes. So long as you have standing to contest the will - meaning you would have inherited if there was not a will or if you were in an earlier will. You will need an attorney to represent your interests.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee on
Q: Husband died. All assets were jointly owned except 1 Roth account worth $30K. Do I have to name our 2 adult children as

heirs when I file my small estate affidavit in Rutherford county Tennessee. All I am looking to do is transfer husbands funds into my own Roth account. Technically there was no will, but I did find a handwritten, signed paper from my husband stating that all his worldly possessions were left to me.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 4, 2020

The Roth account might have a beneficiary identified - Check with the institution holding the Roth account. You may not need to open a small estate

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: I have a dispute with my publisher over editing. Can I get out of the contract?

The editor has gone far beyond normal practices in actually rewriting parts of the manuscript, adding unrealistic dialogue, and changing characters.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Nov 18, 2019

Depends on the wording of the contract - get with a attorney to get it reviewed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Received a citation for no insurance during a lapse in my policy. The day after I purchased insurance. Court date soon?!

I have never been in an accident/never received a ticket before. I stopped my coverage due to car repairs ~awhile~ back and being a full time university student I let my self slip in the financial responsibility. I didn’t have insurance during the time of being pulled over but not even 24 hours... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Nov 15, 2019

Just arrive at court early and show the documents to the Judge when you are called and explain what happened.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a hearing for a criminal simulation charge for passing a bill that was fake but I had no idea it was not real

The bill was play money not counterfeit does that make a difference

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Sep 26, 2019

Criminal offenses require intent. You need to speak to an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: How do I file a small estate affidavit in order to claim my son's life insurance policy?

My son died without a will. His father, sister, and I are his next of kin. I have no knowledge of any assets or debts. The insurance company requires a small estate affidavit with a federal EIN number to consider payment. Do I have to be the "affiant", or is the insurance company?

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Aug 27, 2019

You must file a small estate affidavit with the Probate Court. You are the affiant - You should use an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: Deformation, lost wages, emotional distress. Investor for start up. Wanted 40% after 3mo in. Can I sue!

Contracts with local clients- established. Investor wanted to deposit “monies” from unknown sources into business account. I am a Lease holder and investor has put myself and the employees out. Investor has made slanderous comments to members of the business community. I have lost all wages,... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Aug 19, 2019

Based on the facts provided you may have a claim for tortious interference with business relationship.

3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: I went through Probate as the estate admin. I received the Quit Claim and apparently the case is over. Or is it?

The property includes a bank account. Since the quit claim is for real estate, how are bank accounts outlined and settled in the Probate process? I am currenty Estate admin of the account with restricted access from the bank. What paperwork do I need to have the restrictions removed?

I... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Jul 10, 2019

There are requirements that must be met before closing an estate, such as a TennCare release, publication, etc. If you are administrator of an intestate estate you should have received letters of Administration that will permit you access to accounts.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: What can I do about an employer who is wrongfully adding a 30 min break to my 8 to 9 hour shift that I am unable to take
Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 28, 2019

Is is paid or is the break off the clock?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Will I face jail time on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge in Tennessee?
Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 21, 2019

You should have an Attorney negotiate with the DA. A lot will depend on if you have a criminal record

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: My grandma passed and left alot of land to my mother, brother, sister and I.

There was almost 600 acres there and i owned part in every bit of it. Well I recwntly moved back into town and heard that my mom has sold all of the land and my siblings got the suarw of money that was rightfully theirs, but I was just completely cut out all together. There is probably 600,000... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 15, 2019

Depends on whether there is a will that names you as a beneficiary to the estate. It is an estate question not family law.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am a fireman that just got charged with simple possession. I've never been in trouble before and seeking Diversion.

My job is very clear that i cannot have any drug charge on my record. Will this charge appear during the Diversion? My 15 yr career is at stake!

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 13, 2019

Hire an attorney to negotiate with the DA for a diversion. Then the record can be expunged.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Tennessee on
Q: Are the Tennessee Code #'s 50-1-307 and 50-1-309 still active codes?

I am a volunteer fire fighter that works in a fast food restaurant in Tennessee, but the owner of that store is from South Carolina. I don't know if South Carolina has similar codes to the two listed above, that way I can be protected should I get a call prior to my shift starting, and/or get... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Jan 10, 2019

Yes, the code sections are current

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: My mother recently died. Her will list both me and my brother as sole beneficiaries.My brother also passed. Is his son

Since my brother passed away, is his son entitled to any of my mothers estate. Her will does not list him.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Jan 2, 2019

The will, so long as it was executed properly under the law will control. Your answer will depend on the wording in the will. You should have an attorney review the will.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Used a revoked license as an ID during a traffic stop. Passenger, not a driver. Charged with violation of tca 55-50-60.

What are the possible consequences of this charge? What is the best way to resolve?

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Dec 17, 2018

Go to Court and work something out with the DA. You should have a lawyer

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