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Focus on the Law: Surviving Spouse

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law As a general rule, a person writing a will is free to dispose of his or her property as he or she sees fit. …

Focus on the Law: Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child may be adopted, parental rights must be terminated.  “Parental rights” are the rights to act as a parent, to care for, to name and to claim custodial…

Focus on the Law: Tennessee CASA Program

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national network of more than 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and…

Focus on the Law: Sex Offender Registry

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law While you may have heard of the sex offender registry, I think a little background is in order. Congress passed the Pam Lychner Sexual…

Focus on the Law: Problems with Drones

PART 2:  PRIVACY By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Unmanned aerial aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, are a new and growing industry. Cheaper and easier to maintain than helicopters,…

Focus on the Law: Problems with Drones

PART 1: SAFETY By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Under the old common law (made by court decisions rather than by statutes) doctrine brought to America from England, property law…

Focus on the Law: Euthanasia of Pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law We Americans love our pets.   The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are more than 160 million dogs and cats in…

Focus on the Law: Surviving your day in court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Whether you are suing someone, being sued or are just a witness in a case, going to court can be a stressful experience.  There…

Focus on the Law: Lawyers’ fund for client protection

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law More than 30 years ago the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Tennessee Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (hereinafter referred to as “the Fund”) to…

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