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March 2016 Archives

How to Avoid a Traffic ticket (Part 1)

You look in your rearview mirror and ... Oh, no ... the dreaded blue lights! Your mind races; were you speeding? Is your insurance current? Did they finally suspend your license from that back child support? In America, traffic tickets are always a possibility on our roadways. Police officers are constantly searching for inventive ways to stop you and increase their "productivity" numbers by issuing a citation. What can you do to prevent receiving that piece of paper that takes your time and money? The police need a reason to stop you. Follow these tips to help prevent giving them that reason and, ultimately, avoiding a ticket;

Alternatives to Traditional Probate

typing-vintage-technology-keyboard.jpg Hollywood likes to make movies about the rich uncle who dies and leaves millions to some unprepared relative. "Brewster's Millions," "Mr. Deeds," and many other films involve a complicated will, or lack thereof, in a person receiving lots of money and going through the trials and tribulations of managing it. However, in reality many people scrape to get by, don't want to invest, or just choose to live in the moment and not accumulate assets. Many people who live in large cities or work jobs that frequently relocate choose to rent apartments or houses so they never own what is called "real property" or land. These people may feel they do not need a will or that their beloved children would never fight over their meager assets. However, with memories come strong emotions, and with strong emotions come other strong emotions like entitlement and anger. Other families plan for the inevitable and distribute earthly assets before death or agree that they will be donated. Still others have their material assets eaten up with debts such that there may only be the home or keepsakes left. Tennessee law has contemplated these situations with alternatives to the lengthy and expensive probate or administration process.