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Focus on the Law: Criminal Exposure to STDs

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Tennessee the state legislature has passed specific statutes to make knowing exposure to certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) a criminal offense.   Under Tennessee…

Focus on the Law: Hospital Liens

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law State law creates a hospital lien in favor of every person, firm, association, institution or governmental unit operating and maintaining a hospital in the…

Focus on the Law: Disaster Resources

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Earlier this month, President Obama declared 35 East Tennessee counties (including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, and Sevier) major disasters due to…

Focus on the Law: Asset Forfeiture

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Society tries to deter crime by devising a variety of punishments for individuals who commit those crimes.  These range from the assessment of fines…

How to survive as a landlord

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law If you are going to rent residential property, there are many legal issues which may arise.  Here are my suggestions of basic steps to…

Why you need a Living Will

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Many of us remember the case of Terri Schiavo, a 26-year-old married woman living in Florida who collapsed on Feb. 25, 1990.  She had…

Update on the Death Penalty

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law On March 10, 2015 the Utah legislature passed a bill allowing firing squads to carry out the death penalty in the event of a…

Powdered Alcohol

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law On March 10, 2015 the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury approved the sale…

Focus on the Law: Habeas Corpus

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The Latin phrase “habeas corpus” roughly translates “you shall have the body.”  The phrase is tossed around on television in newsmagazines, legal reality shows…

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