What you need to know

About Small Business

We hope you’ll find this booklet helpful as you make the key decisions in launching or expanding your business. Certainly we expect this to be only the start to a long and successful relationship together.

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What you need to know about Marketing your Business

One of my favorite subjects to research and discuss with entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses is marketing. Marketing has been one of my passions going back to my sophomore days at Milligan College.

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About Divorce

I provide this booklet to you in order to help you know what your legal rights are, so you can protect those rights and assert them if necessary. Obviously, you should not expect this booklet to replace an in-office conference with me at which you will obtain specific advice for your unique situation. So you should use this booklet to alert you to the important issues you may need to discuss at a conference with me about your will or estate or the estate of someone of interest to you.

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About Wills and Estates

One of the most valuable gifts you can leave to your family is a well-organized estate and an accurate record of your important personal data. You should not assume that your family already knows what they will need to know to be able to help handle your affairs/estate. The following is intended to provide an organized structure for you to record your important personal information. Your family will be grateful for your taking the time to complete this important record of your life. Do not put this off—do it now.

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Share of surviving spouse and heirs.

T.C.A. § 31-2-104 (Current through 2017 Regular Session)

  • (a) The intestate share of the surviving spouse is:
    • (1) If there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the entire intestate estate; or
    • (2) If there are surviving issue of the decedent, either one-third (1/3) or a child's share of the entire intestate estate, whichever is greater.
  • (b) The part of the intestate estate not passing to the surviving spouse under subsection (a) or the entire intestate estate if there is no surviving spouse, passes as follows:
    • (1) To the issue of the decedent; if they are all of the same degree of kinship to the decedent they take equally, but if of unequal degree, then those of more remote degree take by representation;
    • (2) If there is no surviving issue, to the decedent's parent or parents equally;
    • (3) If there is no surviving issue or parent, to the brothers and sisters and the issue of each deceased brother and sister by representation; if there is no surviving brother or sister, the issue of brothers and sisters take by representation; or
    • (4) If there is no surviving issue, parent, or issue of a parent, but the decedent is survived by one or more grandparents or issue of grandparents, half of the estate passes to the paternal grandparents if both survive, or to the surviving paternal grandparent or to the issue of the paternal grandparents if both are deceased, the issue taking equally if they are all of the same degree of kinship to the decedent, but if of unequal degree those of more remote degree take by representation; and the other half passes to the maternal relatives in the same manner; but if there is no surviving grandparent or issue of grandparent on either the paternal or maternal side, the entire estate passes to the relatives on the other side in the same manner as the half.

How to Give a Deposition

In the “old days” lawsuits were sometimes jokingly referred to as “trial by ambush.”  A surprise witness might appear, a document would show up at trial that the other side knew nothing about or a party could change “his story” during the course of the litigation.  That rarely happens today because of the use of depositions and other “discovery’ procedures that are now available to both sides in a lawsuit

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About Shelburne Ferguson

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