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Rich (View Website Bio) practices in numerous areas of civil litigation and business law, including commercial litigation, insurance, bankruptcy, employment law, real estate litigation (title insurance defense), landlord / tenant law, collections law, personal injury, workers' compensation, veterans' disability, products liability, probate and estate litigation. He advises and represents both individuals and businesses, small and large.  Rich’s priority in serving his clients is to provide timely, effective and efficient legal representation and advice, while advocating their interests in the state and federal courts of Tennessee.  He cares about people and their individual situations.  Rich focuses on being the best advocate for his clients.

What are the Duties of a Conservator?

What are the Duties of a Conservator?

In Tennessee, a Court may appoint a Conservator for a person who lacks mental capacity to handle his / her own affairs.  But what exactly does a Conservator DO and what are the responsibilities of the job?

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What is a Conservatorship?

What is a Conservatorship?

All adults in Tennessee are legally considered to be competent and to have the ability (or capacity) to make their own decisions – about their finances and their own medical issues. However, sometimes an adult can suffer disability through a tragic injury, disease, or (in many cases) through the aging process and the deterioration of one’s mental abilities (i.e. Alzheimer’s or dementia type symptoms).

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When Aunt Becky Had No Will …… the Rules of Intestate Succession in Tennessee

Who gets someone’s property when there is no will?

I have had several clients approach me about a loved one who has died without a will ….. clients with questions about who gets what property, how real estate is handled, and whether probate will be required to distribute the decedent’s estate.

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Will Contests in Tennessee – What should you know?

You strongly suspect that your deceased family member’s will was obtained, by another family member or individual, through “dubious circumstances.”  How should you proceed?  What is the legal basis to challenge a probated will in Tennessee, and what is the process involved?

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Elder Abuse – What to Look For and How to Help

The financial exploitation of older Americans by their own families, friends, acquaintances, and salespeople is a serious problem in our country – particularly as the number of older citizens increase.  It is estimated that more than 2/3 of elder abuse perpetrators are family members.

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