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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Collections for Tennessee on
Q: Can a lay person file a Motion to Dismiss in General Sessions court in Davidson County TN?

We are a co-defendant in a garnishment. Plaintiff states that we are the co-defendant's employer. The defendant is a consultant (1099 employee) and we do not garnish wages for consultants. We want to get dismissed from this lawsuit without the need to hire an attorney.

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on May 16, 2023

You have indicated you are a co-defendant in a garnishment. I am not clear on what you mean. I will assume that you are not a defendant - but rather you received a garnishment in regard to party that had a judgment entered against them.

If that is the case, you need to respond to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Paid attorney in advance. She left the firm, did not complete the work . What to do now?

She left the firm and she did not notify me nor did The firm. It was for power of attorney, durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney , financial power of attorney ,living will and a will . She was still working on this when she left the firm and all the paperwork has not been completed.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 6, 2023

You can file a Board Complaint with the TN Board of Professional Responsibility

against her License. But I would go in person to the Firm first and demand the paid for services be completed, or ask for your money and file. Do not get in an argument. Executing that many instruments at...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I own 1/4 of ten acres, can I offer to convey all 10 acres to a third party?

My goal is to respond to a government-issued RFP to sell land for a new building site by offering the land for sale, gauge the interest of the government entity to see what they are willing to pay, then use that information to buyout the rest of the co-owners so that I can make a profit on the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 21, 2023

I do not understand your stated strategy. However if you are a tenant in common of an one/quarter undivided interest in the real property, you can only convey what you own. Any representation that you can convey a fee to ten acres is fraud. The proposed purchaser would probably find out... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Is there an obligation for my sister to sign a contract and if she refuses, would that be her forfeiting her claim?

My mom passed in October and didn’t leave a will. Me and my two older sisters, of course, inherit her house. The oldest has her own home and doesn’t want any ownership. Me and the middle daughter were living in the home with my mother, and are now. We had agreed to sign a contract pertaining to... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Mar 10, 2023

I am sorry for the loss of your mother.

I am assuming you are correct that you and your two sisters inherited the house. Based upon this the three sisters have an undivided 1/3 interest in the property. I understand you and a sister live in the house. The third sister owns an interest...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I challenge people to mutual combat if I loan them the nessicary protective gear and offer a waiver in TN?

Recently I was booted by my school, then told if I didn't sign an agreement to pay their parking fees they would keep the boot on my car. I'd like to challenge that staff member and campus officer to mutual combat via fisticuffs (with the nessicary PPE provided by myself).

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 2, 2023

No, it is illegal to engage in mutual combat in Tennessee, even if both parties consent to it. Mutual combat is considered a form of assault and is prohibited by law. Engaging in mutual combat can result in criminal charges and other legal consequences. Additionally, attempting to challenge a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Formation and Business Law for Tennessee on
Q: If my LLC doesn't have an operating agreement and a member decides to leave do they owe the company for any debt?

A member has decided, of their own will, to leave the LLC. The LLC is in debt and doesn't have an operating agreement. Does the withdrawing member owe any money to the LLC as buying themselves out?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jan 24, 2023

Depends on the debt. Are they personally obligated? Is the business just in debt? Or does it have a positive fair market value? Typically, without an operating agreement, when a member quits the LLC pays fair market under TCA 48-249-505. But there are other considerations as well. Consult counsel... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Tennessee on
Q: what tennessee case law says that a party disputing contractual intent must prove neither party intended a contract?

It is my understanding that it is not enough for one party to prove he/she did not intend a binding contract but must prove that both parties agreed there was no binding contract between them. Is this correct in TN law?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Jan 10, 2023

Both parties must agree to as to the formation of a contract - a unilateral "contract" generally would not be binding. But contracts can be formed by one party requesting an action and the other party performing and the performance is an acceptance- so your question's answer may be fact specific.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Internet Law for Tennessee on
Q: If I sign a contract-at school-agreeing that I will not post on social media about a person can I get in trouble if i do
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 3, 2023

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If it's a contract with the school, it's possible that violating it could result in loss of privileges or some form of discipline by the school. Depending on what's posted, it's even possible... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: How do I handle a potential business partner I don't really wanna pay 50 percent or even less.

I have an online business that I made with a friend but everything is in my name included the LLC but he is in a good amount of the footage that our online course provides but his name is literally on nothing except for about half of the videos. I do think he should be payed something but how do I... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Your post indicates that you are the only member of the LLC and from this I am assuming all of the online content is owned by either you or the LLC. You don't indicate the agreement with this other person - and you likely should discuss this with a lawyer rather than creating another post. -... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I started getting dental implants and then my insurance said they would not pay for the rest of the procedure.now Inplan

And no teeth do I have a case? I can't keep walking around like this.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 10, 2022

Your insurance policy must be read verbatim in conjunction with your treatment plan. Are the implants covered or not? You will need an attorney to examine the contract and facts. Bad Faith in TN is not very much, so concentrate on Breach of Contract, possibly even in General Sessions.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: I signed a settlement agreement with my Lein holder for a settlement payoff. Now that my insurance company is paying it

The lein holder is trying to not honor that amount. Is that legal

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 9, 2022

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. One would need to see the lien agreement to understand more about the lienholder's reluctance to carrying out its terms. But lien agreements are usually binding. If you have an attorney representing you, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Car Accidents for Tennessee on
Q: I agreed to a payoff with my lien holder through a signed contract. Now that my insurance is paying it off they said

the contract is null/void because my insurance is paying it out. Is that legal if my settlement amount is less? Can the lien holder disregard that contract

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 23, 2022

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. This requires closer examination than is possible in the limited scope here. It could depend on the type of lien and other possible factors. There are certain liens, such as public health liens, that are subject... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: I inherited a 33 year old Bass Boat. I sold it. now the guy wants his money back. what is my legal position

I did not have the boat for sale. It was sitting in the yard and the individual approached me. I told him that it would float and start up and run. He looked at it three times in in a span of a few months. He asked me again to purchase it and I set a low price and he said he wanted it. He came... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Sounds like its his problem now. He had an opportunity to inspect it and it doesn't sound like you concealed the defect. Hopefully your bill of sale says "as is" or with no warranties - even if it doesn't from your brief facts I'd say he wouldn't have a claim against... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I contest a deed if it was signed under false information?

I inherited my father’s property in April and was given false information about the condition of the property as well as the deed. I signed the deed over to my uncle later finding out the information was false. Do I have a case?

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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 29, 2022

It is doubtful you have a good case to set aside a Deed for Fraud. But you will need to hire an attorney to check out the facts, witnesses, etc. It may not be worth the trouble, but if you do nothing the property is gone . It appears that you relied on heresay and did not even examine the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: What form do you use, to release a Deed of Trust, in Tennessee ?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 29, 2022

No form is required, but the Release should have the recording information on the Deed of Trust to be released. Also that the Debt is paid in full. Notarization required for recording.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Construction Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: What is the max amount of a deposit a contractor can require down from a customer in TN
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answered on Aug 11, 2022

You should probably consult a lawyer to review the contract. If any part of the agreement seems questionable you should make sure of what you are being asked to sign before you sign. There might be more problems than you notice.

Also look at the State of Tennessee website:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: how do i make a case with billing provider I have, have lost thousands of dollars

they are changing the order of my documentation hence getting claims denied

new provider owned practice, been opened a year

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 24, 2022

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It doesn't make sense for a provider or billing company to jeopardize payment for medical services by submitting procedures (or supporting documentation) out of sequence; further, the claims examiner should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: Can an IT company sell prepaid service or block of time and set an expiration date for those services to be used?

If 25 hours of service is purchased can they have an expiration date on when those service hours can be used?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 20, 2022

Generally, yes. And if you do not like the terms and conditions of the purchase, then you do not need to do business with that provider.

For example, I just personally purchased an online continuing education course. I have to complete the course by October, or I lose the ability to access...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Tennessee on
Q: How can a law firm say you breached a contract you never received or signed?

I supposedly have a judgement against me over $100 even though I've never seen it. The law firm called my job and talked bad about me. Then I agreed to pay $125 I kept paying it, but did not sign a contract stating I would. Last month I only paid $50 because again I didnt sign anything. My job... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Jul 19, 2022

You are entitled to protections under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act - including obtaining in writing the full basis for any claimed debt or debt validation. But you must write them to request.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I had a contract / bill of sale for food truck. 20 k down and 1000 a month following. He hasn’t paid the thousand

It was stated in contract of payment not made on time, ownership reverts back to seller. Is this mine legally to sell again

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 6, 2022

Is the truck in your possession? If not, and you did not perfect the lien on the title, then the buyer could sell it. You will need an attorney to look at the contract and the facts prior to doing anything else. Otherwise you could be charged with theft or conversion.

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