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1 Answer | Asked in Military Law for Georgia on
Q: My friend has been getting death threats demanding to $1500 to pay for a solider to fly from nigeria. Is this a scam?

My best friend has been talking to this guy who says he's in the military online. For two years he has never met her and vice versa. Just recently he's been telling her that she need to pay the military flight pilot $1500 and if she dont that the major general as he calls the commander... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 22, 2020

SCAM.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: My ex boyfriend bought me a dog so when I left I took him with me . Now hes saying he’s goin to call the cops on me

What should I do ?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 22, 2020

I have actually seen this come up a few times with clients and potential clients. If he calls the cops, they are most likely not going to arrest you here. They will probably tell him the custody of the dog is in dispute so he should hire an attorney as this is a civil matter. Based on the facts as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: my fiancée & I are splitting. she used my credit to get windows & air put in, promising to make All payments & hasn’t.

She promised to make all payments & not ruin my credit but she isn’t making payments, do I need a lawyer to make her pay or what can I do?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 22, 2020

You may want to consult with an attorney. You could also consider filing a small claims court action to get your money back. If your fiancée made a promise to you and failed to follow that, this could be a breach of oral contract. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can the expenses be collected through child support? Or Do you need to request a deviation moving forward?

Modification to an order states that: The parties shall continue being responsible for the same uncovered expenses, but the Mother shall henceforth pay 82% of the uncovered expenses with Father paying 18% of those expenses.

Can the following expenses that have been paid by the father be... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 22, 2020

No, the child support office will not be interested in attempting to sort out the payment of expenses. I recommend you consult with an attorney. In general, the best way to proceed if one of the parents is failing to pay their portion of expenses is to proceed with a petition for contempt. Contempt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee can health issues prevent the father from visitation out of the state?

She is 8mths old he is filing for paternity and visitation. I live in Tennesssee and he lives in Virginia! She has heart and urinary tract issues! She has regular heart doc appointments and had to go to er frequently since birth over her urinary issues and needs to be close to her doctors! Also... Read more »

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Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 17, 2020

Tennessee Courts use the best interest of the child analysis to determine custody and visitation decisions. The health concerns of the child are important and should be taken into account under Tennessee law. You mention that the Father lives in VA. Thus, I am not sure if the Father filed this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a mother (never married) move out of state with child? There is no court custody arrangement or parenting plan.

My step-daughter lives in Martin TN with her 11 month old daughter. The child's father also lives in the area, but they do not live together. Due to financial strain, she would like to move back home to Georgia. There is no court signed custody arrangement or parenting plan in place, so can... Read more »

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Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 17, 2020

Most likely, yes. The parental relocation requirements under TN law to seek court approval to relocate only applies when there is a court ordered parenting plan in place. TN is known as a Mother's state because if the parents are unmarried, the father does not have rights to custody until... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I am needing to speak with someone about abandonment of a child and contemt of court and maybe even adoption
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 15, 2020

There are many ways to find an attorney. Justia has a find a lawyer feature at the top of each page. Additionally you could try Google or other online lawyer listings. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: How do know how far I can move since non custodial parent doesn't live in state anymore and hasn't seen kids in 3 years?

Parenting plan in TN. Non custodial parent moved out of state 3 years ago, hasn't seen kids since. I want to relocate out of state. Don't have a current address for their father. Plan says I can't move more than 50 miles from his address, but he lives in another state. I got in... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 15, 2020

I recommend you consult with an experienced family law attorney for an answer to these questions. I am sure there are ways to locate the non-custodial parent so you could send the notice to his current address. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Hibitual offender is no longer a charge. Wondering if range 2 can be changed to a 1.

Can this charge be expunged?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 8, 2020

There are several requirements to complete an expungement under Tennessee law. Your post does not contain nearly enough information to determine this. The Tennessee Courts website has information on Expungement here: https://www.tncourts.gov/expungements I recommend you review all of that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Can a store require me to conceal carry even though tn is an open carry state?

I went into a local Walmart, open carrying, and an employee stopped me from entering the store unless I concealed my firearm and showed me a sign with only words on it but had no Tennessee state authorization code is this legal? Are they allowed to do that when tn is an open carry state?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 8, 2020

Yes. It is my understanding that the open carry law refers to open carry in public places, such as when walking on public streets/sidewalks. Private businesses are allowed to restrict public display of firearms. For example, banks and courthouses do not allow open carrying weapons so you should not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Do property restrictions / covenents ever expire by State Law in TN ? A realtor once told me they are only good for 20 y

A realtor once told me they are only good for 20 years.

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 8, 2020

I am unaware of any law that states property restrictions automatically expire after 20 years. The realtor may be correct about the specific provision s/he was discussing. In general they have no expiration period and continue to run with the land. If you have specific property law questions, I... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: I need a divorce and my husband is at fault and can be destructive and violent but we live in MY home. what can I do?

I have evidence of his behavior and leaving my home is not an option. How should I proceed?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on May 19, 2020

Contact a divorce attorney in the county you live in immediately. An experienced attorney should be able to assist you with asking the Judge to order your Husband to leave the home if such an option seems viable. At least this is true under Tennessee law. I am unsure which law would apply to your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: As a pharmacist, am I able to virtually counsel patients from other states? Are they 'virtually' in TN?

Hello, I am a Pharmacist in Tennessee, and I want to start an online pharmacist consulting business involving reviewing patient's medications, recommending optimal therapy based on best evidence, answering drug information questions and providing cost-savings by finding cheaper alternatives... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on May 18, 2020

You are likely in need of a business attorney to advise regarding these points. I recommend you consult with an attorney for detailed answers to these questions and deeper discussions of potential legal risks in this new business plan and ways you may mitigate that risk.

The law generally...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Education Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is a teacher contract non-renewal considered an involuntary termination?

I fulfilled the duties of my 2019-2020 teacher contract. However, I was informed that my contract would not be renewed for 2020-2021. I am filling out applications, and they are asking if I have ever been involuntarily terminated. Do I choose yes or no?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on May 18, 2020

I have not reviewed the specific form you are asking about. The form may include a definitions section that would help in answering this question. If you are requesting specific legal advice, you should consider consulting with an attorney.

In general I see termination as a word equivalent...
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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Q: what do i do if an ex boyfriend is stalking me and putting notes on my car? i dont know how he knows where i live.

he follows me on social media from a lot of different accounts, texts and calls from a lot of numbers because i have all his stuff blocked and now left a note on my car while i was in my apartment with my family. i have never told him where i lived and i don’t know how he knows my address... Read more »

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Paul E. Tennison answered on May 18, 2020

You may want to consider taking out an order of protection against him. Orders of protection are an order from a Judge that a person will not contact or come about whoever is designated as being protected under the order. These laws are primarily designed to offer protection to victims of domestic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Tennessee on
Q: I was in Lowe's department store yesterday and a display holding large wood military signs fell on my leg cutting it ?

Do I have a claim I took pictures and made a report

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on May 15, 2020

You may. I recommend you reach out to a personal injury attorney if you want to discuss further. In general, companies like Lowe's have a duty to ensure safety of their customers. Here, they may be liable for your injuries which may be severe if you are required to have surgery and lose time... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Animal rescue is rescinding an adoption contract

An animal rescue is trying to rescind an adoption and obtain a warrant to take back my puppy stating I am hoarding animals due to a dog fight on my property (5 cats & 5 dogs). I got rid of the vicious dog (foster - 6th dog) and the puppy was nowhere near the fight; kept apart from all others on... Read more »

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Paul E. Tennison answered on May 4, 2020

I recommend you consult with an attorney. In general, anyone that has a contract in Tennessee could sue the other party for breach of contract allegations. Whether there was in fact a breach is a question of fact that would be determined by the Jury (if a jury trial) if the case proceeds to trial.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: - My fiancé &, his dad own a home together they don’t get along he wants to get rid of his part can somebody help us

We need help ASAP

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on May 4, 2020

I am sure there are attorneys that may be able to help you/your fiancé with this legal issue. What you are describing here could be a case in which a partition action is the best legal option. In a partition, a court orders the sell of a jointly owned property and divides the proceeds among those... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: What options do I have in getting a legal joint custody order put in place, and if any, how do I begin proceedings?

I do pay child support. I have been an integral part of the child's life since birth.(9/23/2011) the only reason it's not now,is covid-19. The mother let our daughter go to "a trusted friends house", so she could have someone to play with while all of this is going on despite... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Apr 29, 2020

You should consult with a local family law attorney. From the facts, as you describe them, it seems as if there is no parenting plan that has ever been established by a court order. If this is the case, you will likely need to file a Petition to Establish Parentage in the county juvenile court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: What is the law for citizens' arrest of an official who has repeatedly violated the Constitution?

Especially if the violation results in extended social isolation. This would discriminate against a person with a disability (in this case mental illness), provoking to harm by suicide, self-mutilation, drug overdose, or violence. What is the law here?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Apr 24, 2020

The law regarding citizens' arrest is located in Tenn. Code Ann. 40-7-109. Arrest by private person Grounds.

(a) A private person may arrest another:

(1) For a public offense committed in the arresting person's presence;

(2) When the person arrested has...
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