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Do I Have to Probate a Will?

Do I Have to Probate a Will?

by John Rodgers No.  Wills are legal and effective without probating them; however, you may find it necessary to probate a will. Generally speaking, there are two reasons you would need to probate a will.  The most common reason is to transfer personal property such as bank or brokerage accounts.  Let’s say your aunt Betty […]

Thank you for your votes!

Thank you for your votes!

We appreciate everyone that voted.  We are humbled and excited to be voted your Favorite Law Office and Favorite Rule 31 Mediator!   We’re nominated for 3 Ruthie Awards at The Daily News Journal!  You can vote once a day, everyday until August 31st.  We would love your support and votes! https://dnj.secondstreetapp.com/2019-Ruthies/gallery?group=324720

New TN Law Allows Joint Custodial Parents to Choose School Zone

New TN Law Allows Joint Custodial Parents to Choose School Zone

With the new school year upon us, it is important to note the changes made in Tennessee law affecting schools and students.   Numerous changes have been made this year that can be reviewed at the attached link.  https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2019/06/27/from-civics-to-vaping-here-are-10-education-laws-taking-effect-july-1-in-tennessee/?fbclid=IwAR1zctQ1W8NMh5Zzw_YIYknTLuvy10Fjoe9m0iE4VD5_kGFDMphXarL_NzA Of note, a 50 question civics test drawn from the citizenship test administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

Emojis in Court Cases Leave Many Lost in Translation

Emojis in Court Cases Leave Many Lost in Translation

“Wait, does that mean they’re crying or laughing?” “Why did he send me an alligator?” “What does the eggplant mean?” I’m referring to emojis, of course. You love to hate them, but you know you use them too. We mostly think of emojis as harmless fun or a shortcut for all that dang typing on […]

When Going Through a Divorce, Timing Can Be Everything

When Going Through a Divorce, Timing Can Be Everything

 A Michigan man recently found himself on the wrong end of the waiting game in a divorce proceeding. Rich Zelasko and his wife, Mary Beth, began divorce proceedings in 2011; however, their divorce was not finalized until 2018. In 2013, Mr. Zelasko was the lucky winner of an $80 million-dollar lottery jackpot. His attorneys argued […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Liquor Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Liquor Law

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Tennessee law that barred newcomers to the state from operating liquor stores. The majority rejected the argument that the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition in 1933, allowed the state to restrict liquor sales in many ways, including by imposing a two-year residency requirement for people seeking retail liquor licenses. Justice […]

Ty Steward joins KRBHK as summer intern

Ty Steward joins KRBHK as summer intern

Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & King, PLLC announces the addition of Ty Steward to its team as a summer intern. The firm welcomes the opportunity to host college students in a position where they can get real world experience and learn about the legal industry. Ty is a 2016 graduate of Siegel High School.  He […]

Caroline Tuma accepts summer internship

Caroline Tuma accepts summer internship

Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & King, PLLC would like to welcome back Caroline Tuma to its team. Caroline has returned for a second summer internship with the firm aiding its partners and associates in their daily operations and counsel. “Caroline is a sharp young woman who comes from a great family deeply rooted in the […]

An Introduction to Trusts

An Introduction to Trusts

By Laura Vaught This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattle Business. A trust can be a useful tool in estate planning, but one you may not be as familiar with.  Unfortunately trusts often have a negative connotation, associated with the inability of the beneficiary to manage […]

State Law Safety Net for the Protection of Retirement Funds in Bankruptcy

State Law Safety Net for the Protection of Retirement Funds in Bankruptcy

This month’s blog post is by Attorney Jason N. King.  Jason focuses his practice on business law, bankruptcy law, civil litigation, creditors’ rights, and estate planning and probate law.  About five years ago the United States Supreme Court created a stir among estate planners and bankruptcy practitioners alike when it handed down an opinion the […]

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (And Help Limit Liability)

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (And Help Limit Liability)

By Laura Vaught      (This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattle Business.) When I was growing up and we were building, repairing, or painting a fence, I never knew there were so much detail and history in our state law about fences. This month’s column will […]

Show Me the Money!  Protect Your Lien Rights and Get Paid

Show Me the Money! Protect Your Lien Rights and Get Paid

By Chris Holder If you are a general contractor or a subcontractor in the building industry in Middle Tennessee, you know business is booming. You also know that no matter how good your business is in your industry, inevitably things are going to go sideways on a project you are working on. Inevitably, this leads […]

Business Entity Options for Your Farm

Business Entity Options for Your Farm

By Laura Vaught This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattle Business.   You may or may not have ever considered what type of entity you have for your farm business. In Tennessee, you have four main business entities to choose from. I’ll briefly cover each type and the […]

What is a 1031 Exchange and how does it work?

What is a 1031 Exchange and how does it work?

This article was first published in the official magazine of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattle Business. It is written by Attorney, Laura Vaught, who focuses her practice on estate planning, general business matters, and property and real estate matters including legal services for farms and agribusiness. Looking to buy or sell a farm this year? You […]

Tennessee has one of the highest denial rates for Social Security Disability applicants in the nation.

Tennessee has one of the highest denial rates for Social Security Disability applicants in the nation.

This month’s post is by Attorney Jay Barger.  Jay focuses his practice on social security disability, family and business law, and personal injury.   Have you been denied Social Security Disability benefits?  We are here to help. Social Security administers two programs for people who have become disabled and need monthly benefit payments to make up for their […]