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FMS Participates in Blount County Chamber Primetime Event

Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP participated in the Blount County Chamber’s Primetime Event in the Cooper Athletic Center on the Maryville College Campus. Our attorneys were able to meet with over 150 Blount County businesses to better understand how they serve the community. The Blount County Chamber did a great job, providing an excellent arena for businesses to learn more ...
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Once Again FMS is Named One of the Most Prolific Trial Law Firms in Tennessee in 2012

The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter, an independent organization that studies and collects information regarding jury trials in the State of Tennessee, has named Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP the number ten most prolific trial firm in the State of Tennessee from 2005 to 2012. Additionally, for the year 2012 alone, Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP was the tied for the ...
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Passage of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” or “the Fiscal Cliff Compromise” Makes Significant Changes to Federal Gift & Estate Taxes

President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, effective Jan. 2, 2013. This Act extended and made “permanent” the $5,000,000.00[1] Federal Exclusion amount [also referred to as the death tax exemption] that was previously set to reduce to $1,000,000.00 on January 1, 2013. The tax rate was also set at 40%, which is an increase from last year’s rate of ...
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Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP Named “Best Law Firm” in 2013

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession. Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP was named as a Tier 1 firm for the Knoxville metropolitan area in the practice areas of Land Use & Zoning Law and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. Click this link ...
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Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Company’s Quarrying Activities Are Protected By “Grandfather Clause”

FMS partners Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. and Benjamin C. Mullins recently won a case for a local quarrying company before the Tennessee Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the Jefferson County Chancery Court’s holding that our client’s quarrying activities may continue under the “grandfather clause” despite the enactment of a county zoning ordinance which sought ...
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Taylor D. Forrester Joins the Firm

The firm welcomes a new attorney, Taylor D. Forrester, to our legal family. Taylor is originally from Covington, Tennessee and practiced there for three years before moving to Knoxville. His practice consists of litigation in the areas of general civil litigation, personal injury, divorce, child custody / support and criminal defense. You may click here to go to his bio ...
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Twelve FMS Attorneys Named Top Attorneys in CityView Magazine

Twelve FMS attorneys were named by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine as Top Attorneys in 2012 in their respective fields. Each year the magazine calls upon members of the local bar association to vote for their peers in various practice areas. We have listed our winning attorneys and the categories in which they were named as Top Attorneys below. We are proud ...
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Francis A. Cain Named as a Senior Counselor by the TBA

Partner, Francis A. Cain (also know as Snake), was named as a Senior Counselor by the Tennessee Bar Association. Snake qualified as Senior Counselor because he has been a member of the Tenneesse Bar Association and practiced law for over 50 years. The firm would like to congratulate him on being a member of the legal profession for over a ...
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Two Partners Featured in the Defense Research Institute Newsletter

Two partners, Beverly Nelms and Benjamin Mullins, were featured in the Defense Research Institute newsletter concerning a recent defense verdict. To view this article, click on the DRI Article link provided ...
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TN Gift Tax Repealed and TN Inheritance Tax Restructured

Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation on May 21st that repeals the TN Gift Tax and restructures the TN Inheritance Tax. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, TN no longer has a Gift Tax. Any gifts made prior to Jan. 1, 2012, still fall under the old law [i.e. $13,000.00 tax free limit per year per Class A Donee/Immediate family members] and the ...
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