At Tennessee Law Group, we strive to accomplish all of our clients’ legal needs. Our focus is to provide compentent representation for our friends and neighbors at reasonable prices. Our goal is to make our community better by helping others work through their problems in a respectable manner. We accomplish just that through open mindedness and hard work. Often situations arise where different areas of law and life intersect and there is no straight forward answer. Criminal charges often segue into domestic problems. Driving incidents can lead to civil and criminal law suits.
Nothing in the law is more important than your freedom. The State has the power to take your freedom and, in rare cases, your life if you are found guilty of certain crimes. Both our State and Federal Constitutions’ require the assistance of an attorney in situations where incarceration is a possibility. Criminal lawyers serve as the checks and balance to the police power of the state and nation. Criminal lawyers protect the least of us so that the most of us can be secure in our rights as citizens.
At Tennessee Law Group we are proud to serve as advocates to the criminally accused.
We feel that the police should not be allowed to tread on our rights as citizens. Do not let the facts of your case go unchecked and watch justice fail.
We handle all forms of criminal cases from misdemeanors to felonies. A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to a year in jail along with a fine. A felony is a crime that is punishable anywhere from one year, to life in prison, to the death penalty.
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Personal Injury / Tort Law
The field of tort law is a major area of law that encompasses a civil wrong, intentional or accidental, whereby a person or party incurs an injury from another person or party. A party to a lawsuit can be as small as a single person, or as large as a corporation or group of many thousands of people (in the case of a class action lawsuit). A tort for which one can seek civil remedy can often overlap with areas of criminal law for which one can be prosecuted. Examples of such overlap include intentional torts such as assault, wrongful death, fraud and defamation. While crimes must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” in a criminal court of law, a lesser burden of proof is required in a Tennessee civil court of law, that being that it is “more likely than not” that the particularized tort occurred.
The field of tort law also includes all cases of negligence, whereby a party seeking civil compensation and bringing a lawsuit (Plaintiff) can sue another (Defendant) for monetary compensation for any injuries proven. In any negligence case, the burden will be on the Plaintiff to prove:
- a duty of the Defendant to the Plaintiff;
- the Defendant’s breach of that duty;
- causation (cause-in-fact and proximate causation) and
Tennessee analyzes torts under a comparative fault system, which can serve to reduce liability and damages recoverable by percentages based upon each party’s comparative negligence or contribution to a particularized injury. Such analysis can get complicated when a lawsuit involves multiple plaintiffs and defendants with differing degrees of contribution on a given injury or across multiple injuries.
Once an injury has been established, damages must be proven by a Plaintiff in order for that Plaintiff to receive compensation. Damages can include monetary compensation for damaged or destroyed property, compensation for medical bills incurred, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional injury, etc.
With any tort suit, jurisdictional issues and a statute of limitations will apply that will serve to direct where a Plaintiff can file a lawsuit or limit the amount of time that a Plaintiff has to proceed with a case. Statutes of limitation differ for different types of tort actions. Because of such statutes of limitation, it is important that any person or persons seeking to pursue another under a theory of tort law consult with and retain an attorney as soon as possible for multiple reasons, to prevent such statute from running and thereby closing the window on a viable lawsuit and also to enable the attorney of choice to properly build and investigate a case, which often requires research and record gathering on behalf of the attorney.
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Family Law is a term that encompasses most legal issues surrounding families. These issues go from marriage to divorce, adoption to the revocation of parental rights and most issues surrounding children such as child support and custody. Issues with one’s family often are very sensitive. Many times the law cannot truly go to the root of the issue because it requires emotional and not legal resolution.
At Tennessee Law Group we recognize the sensitive nature of family issues and approach each person that comes to us with openness. We work closely with our clients to reach favorable results for the given situation. Often the processes take several steps and can be very tedious. Since it can be both tedious and sensitive it is important to have someone who can serve as your voice and guide. We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients in letting them know what is going in there case. Do not let important family law issues go unattended. Like most situations, getting started early means you have the time to do it right.
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Our attorneys understand the difficulties that can arise after a car accident. We have witnessed the injuries and damage that can result from a crash and understand the struggle some victims may face in trying to recover compensation for their losses.
There are specific rules and regulations that can complicate insurance claims and the recovery of additional damages, such as for pain and suffering, in cases of severe injury or death. Our car accident attorneys have handled automobile accident cases in several states and may be able to help you, depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
Driving is getting more dangerous. In fact, 35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015 according to the National Highway Safety Administration. So having an experienced attorney represent you after your car accident is becoming more important than ever before.
An attorney can help ensure you receive full benefits from the insurance company and determine whether you can file a claim for additional damages against the party at fault in the event of a car accident. If you have suffered a serious injury, we may be able to help you file a lawsuit to claim compensation beyond what is provided by insurance claims.
To be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit, the victim of the crash must have died or sustained a significant injury such as:
- Brain damage
- A significant head injury
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Broken bones
Today’s high-speed, high-tech world requires employers and employees to come to quick resolutions in the process of negotiating business and entertainment contracts and other written agreements. It is imperative that the agreements encompass all up-to-date issues surrounding the affected rights and agreements of the parties involved. At East Nashville Law we strive to stay abreast of the evolving industry markets, trends, technologies and the laws that regulate them.
From initial negotiations through drafting and signings, our team works with our clients to make sure that they are informed of contract options and their rights. Through this process we ensure that all matters that should be addressed are addressed.
Some of the many issues we cover are:
- Buy/sell agreements
- business asset purchases
- business formation (for-profit and non-profit)
- articles of incorporation
- conflict of interest policies
- employee agreements
- non-compete clauses
- leasing agreements
- franchise agreements and upkeep
- production agreements
- artist agreements
- management agreements
- film and tv agreements
- producer agreements
- union and non-union trade agreements
- promotion agreements
- publishing agreements
- touring agreements
- record deal
- and any other related contract, breach thereof and resulting litigation, negotiation or mediation.
Divorce Law is a term that encompasses every legal issue surrounding a divorce. Divorce, also known as “dissolution of marriage,” is a legal process in which a judge legally terminates a marriage, restoring the parties to the status of being single and permitting them to marry other individuals. The issues of Divorce range from the divorce complaint, the division of marital property, alimony, and issues surrounding children such as child support and custody. Divorces often are very sensitive. Many times, the law cannot truly go to the root of the issue because it requires emotional and not legal resolution.
At Tennessee Law Group, we recognize the sensitive nature of Divorce issues and approach each person that comes to us with openness. We work closely with our clients to reach favorable results for the given situation. Often the processes take several steps and can be very tedious. Since it can be both tedious and sensitive it is important to have someone who can serve as your voice and guide. We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients in letting them know what is going in their case. Do not let important Divorce issues go unattended. Like most situations, getting started early means you have the time to do it right.
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Labor/Employment laws oversee relationships between workers, employing entities, trade unions, and the government. This is the body of law that governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large group of statutory regulation on issues. Employment laws are designed primarily to keep workers safe and make sure they are treated fairly.
Our representation is available to everyone, from hourly workers or company executives to small businesses. We take the time to learn about your specific situation and advise you on the merits of your case. Backed by an extensive knowledge of employment laws, our attorneys tailor unique legal strategies for each client based on his or her individual case and legal goals.
We handle cases involving:
- Sexual harassment
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Wrongful Termination
- American With Disabilities Act
- Employment contracts
- Severance agreements
- Non-Compete Agreement Counseling and Negotiation
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Immigration is the act of entering a country with the intent to permanently live and/or work there. United States immigration laws encompass a wide range of situations that involve a person from a foreign country coming to this country, whether for a temporary visit, or to live here permanently. It is distinct from other matters such as naturalization and citizenship, although they are often conflated.
The American immigration system is set up primarily to grant immigration status based on factors such as family reunification, in-demand work skills, and capital investment. The immigration system also covers refugees and asylum seekers, and provides a “lottery” for immigration status to people who have less pressing immigration needs. The procedure for gaining legal immigrant status will depend upon, among various factors, which path you are eligible to pursue based on your employment, education, and family situation.
Here at Tennessee Law Group we have qualified immigration lawyers who are able to tackle Immigration issues. Our Immigration Lawyers have experience in immigration court and can assist in navigating the federal immigration system.
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Nashville is a booming market for the entertainment industry. At Tennessee Law Group, Nathan Colburn focuses on the area of business and entertainment litigation. For years Nathan has successfully represented many artists and businesses alike in these unique disputes. Typically, these disputes involve breach of an entertainment agreement/contract between an artist or different business entity servicing the industry. It takes an intimate understanding of the entertainment industry to truly grasp the ins and outs of these disputes. Being a former artist and entrepreneur himself, Nathan understands the needs of all parties involved. Additional areas include copyright and trademark infringement, accounting disputes, production service disputes, winding up of a business entity or partnership and asset purchase agreements, manager disputes, publisher disputes, producer disputes, cease and desist letters, etc.
Should you have a matter regarding entertainment litigation, Tennessee Law Group has you covered!
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