Questions Answered by Megan R. House

Q: didn't turn driving school papers in before ticket was due. They wouldn't let turn in and had to pay ticket now.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
He could have taken care of this, but he chose not to. Allowing someone to do driving school to keep a ticket off their record is not a right, it is an agreement between your son and the State. He didn't follow through with his part of the agreement, so they no longer have to honor theirs. He asked the judge, who had the authority to accept the driving school certificate and dismiss the ticket, and the judge held him to his agreement to do driving school and show proof of completion by certain...

Q: How do i report a male sex offender that is having a relationshio with a 12 year old boy?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
You need to report it to the police immediately. You are not responsible for proving it, that is the police department's job. When you report it to the police, you may ask that your identify be kept confidential, and they may or may not do so. You could report it to the child abuse hotline, those calls are confidential. The investigation will not be kept confidential, the police will do what they need to to investigate the claims and they will determine how to go about it.

Q: My father passed away last month and I am a heir so why do I have to supenna the attorney for a copy of the will?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on
Answered on May 9, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
It sounds like you may not be a beneficiary under the will. If you were then you would have been contacted by the attorney or your sister to let you know that you are a beneficiary and what share you would receive. If he said that you need to a subpoena the will in order to see it, then you should do that.

Q: General Sessions suit against me where I am the defendant that the judge dismissed without prejudice.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Tennessee on
Answered on May 5, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
That means that the current case was dismissed, but that the Plaintiff can refile and essentially bring another suit against you based on the same facts as the first one.

Q: Went 2 court for 1st time & judge gave me 60 days to get lawyer. Because of bail I can't afford one yet.What will happen

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
If you could afford to bail yourself out but not hire a lawyer, it sounds like you should have stayed in jail in order to get a public defender. The judge will probably not ask to you to plead until you have retained an attorney or decided to represent yourself (which I do not recommend).

Q: How can I find out if there is a court date for a custody hearing for my child without me knowing?Can the father do that

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
If there is a custody proceeding involving you and your child then it is required by law that he serve you with the paperwork. However, if you think he is up to something, call down to the Shelby County Juvenile Court, give them your information and ask if anything has been filed or if a court date has been assigned. Best of luck.

Q: I have a tentant that is 4 months past due as of today. I have let the lease expire last year.Options to evict?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 4, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
If there is not an active lease, then you may have what's called a month-to-month tenant. If the tenant is month-to-month, then you may evict with 30 days notice for non-payment of rent. You'll need to give notice, file the proper paperwork in court and go before a judge. I would suggest you hire an attorney to assist you, it shouldn't be very expensive and this can be a difficult process to navigate on your own.

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Q: Trying to complete my divorce, HELP! ! !

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 4, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
Without all the facts, it is impossible for me to know why mediation was ordered if there is nothing in dispute. It may be considered contested because a parenting plan and marital dissolution agreement have not been submitted to the court. I suggest you find an attorney as soon as possible to draft the necessary documents to finalize your divorce.

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Q: Will it still take 60 days to divorce if we have been separated for 2 years?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
I recommend that you hire an attorney to handle the divorce and answer your questions.

Q: Complicated

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 29, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
Hiding things from your attorney does nothing but put both of you in a vulnerable situation. Tell him or her immediately and discuss it with them.

Q: does it cost extra in a divorce to ask for my name back? my hubby had papers drawn up but i wont sign, until he adds it

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 25, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
I'm not sure what you mean when you ask if it's legal not to sign in front of his attorney, if the paperwork just has to be signed and notarized then you can sign in front of any notary. I practice in Shelby County, and in this county, there is no additional cost to ask that the court restore the wife to her maiden name. Further, if he is the plaintiff, after the papers are signed, he will have to go before the judge to ask the judge to grant the divorce, and thus finalize it. That is usually...

Q: What happens if one spouse does not take the parenting classes in an uncontested online divorce?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
I am unclear as to what you mean by online divorce. If you filed paperwork online, with any entity other than the court, and did not go to court and have a divorce decree signed by a judge then you are not divorced.

Q: I got married in TN, in 2013 and 5 months after we got married my husband left me and moved back to MS where he is from

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
Since you are a resident of Tennessee and your husband is not, you may properly file in the county in which you reside, Shelby County. There are ways to get proper service on him, which will allow you to proceed with the divorce, without being able to get in contact with him directly. You should contact an attorney to consult with you about your options and the best course of action in this case.

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Q: Can a spouse legally relocate out of state with two minors of the same marriage before filing a petition for divorce?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
I would suggest that you file first and ask the court to address custody, particularly this potential relocation issue, as soon as possible. For an uncontested divorce with children, you must wait at least 90 days after filing for divorce before your divorce can be finalized by a judge. However, there is a way to file the necessary paperwork and have a hearing on custody pending the final divorce decree without having to wait the 90 days to have an agreed parenting plan ordered by the court....

Q: I received a ticket on my motorcycle and the officer wrote the wrong make of the bike on the ticket...is it still valid?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
Yes, the ticket is still valid. Minor errors such as the wrong make and model of your back usually will not effect the validity of the ticket.

Q: Can I do most of the talking in court even if I have a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Megan R. House's answer
If you have questions about your case, since you already have a lawyer, you should ask him/her.

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