Jun 13, 2019

Perjury

By |Jun 13, 2019|Legal Matters|

You always should and must tell the truth when you appear in a courtroom. Otherwise, our system of justice does not work, and a lie you tell may be considered perjury.

When you take the witness stand and give testimony in a courtroom, you take an oath and swear to tell the truth – nothing, […]

Jun 12, 2019

Jury Trials

By |Jun 12, 2019|Legal Matters|

Unlike in some countries, you cannot be declared guilty, imprisoned, or executed without a trial. In the State of Tennessee and elsewhere in the United States, you have the right to due process and the right to a jury trial.

Also known as trials by jury, jury trials are trials or judicial proceedings presented before […]

Apr 29, 2019

Preparing to Testify in Court

By |Apr 29, 2019|Legal Matters|

Cases often are won or lost based on the testimony of the parties involved or their witnesses.  Though no one can change the facts, a party or a witness is more persuasive when he or she understands the questions, answers them truthfully, speaks clearly, maintains self-control, does not get rattled, and acts respectfully.

To prepare […]

Jan 18, 2019

Hearings

By |Jan 18, 2019|Legal Matters|

Once a person files a lawsuit, a hearing or set of hearings ordinarily follows.  However, the term hearing conveys different meanings, depending on the context.  A hearing may present a party’s chance to present or defend a motion in his, her, or its case.  A trial is a hearing on the merits of a […]

Jan 8, 2019

Perry A. Craft Speaks at Multiple Conferences

By |Jan 8, 2019|Legal Matters|

Perry A. Craft was invited to speak at a program for lawyers and business professionals in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Craft accepted the invitation, and on December 19, 2018, he gave two presentations. He first spoke about principles governing, and pitfalls related to, contracts; he then delivered a speech about the law relating to covenants […]

Sep 28, 2018

What Happens at a Trial?

By |Sep 28, 2018|Legal Matters|

How long a trial lasts differs from trial to trial. However, all trials follow this process: Jury selection (if a jury is involved), opening statements, the plaintiff’s proof, direct examination, cross examination, the defendant’s proof, closing statements, jury instruction (if a jury is involved), and the jury’s verdict or the judge’s ruling.

Unless a trial […]

Aug 30, 2018

Read Documents before You Sign Them

By |Aug 30, 2018|Legal Matters|

Oral agreements may work in some situations – often more informal situations – and may have worked in the past, but you should read written documents you receive from the other party before you sign them. You also should understand the agreement that you are entering before you sign written documents. Written documents always […]

Aug 8, 2018

Show Up for Court

By |Aug 8, 2018|Legal Matters|

In Tennessee, General Sessions Court is the small claims court.  General Sessions Courts hear civil cases and are usually the first court where a criminal defendant appears.  A civil case is a lawsuit about money, evictions, and the like.  A criminal case can lead to jail time or fines.  There is a General Sessions […]

Mar 30, 2018

Tips for Buying or Leasing a New Vehicle

By |Mar 30, 2018|Legal Matters|

Passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs are the principal mode of transportation in Tennessee and throughout the United States. People generally own or lease the vehicles they drive.  They purchase or lease their vehicles as either brand new or used.  Buying or leasing a passenger vehicle is a major expense for most people.  Thus, before […]

Nov 27, 2017

Legal Remedies for Owners of Used Cars

By |Nov 27, 2017|Legal Matters|

Cars and personal motor vehicles are a necessity in Tennessee and elsewhere in the United States.  We use them for transportation to work, to school, to the grocery store, to doctor visits, to sporting events, to church services, and more.  Often, individuals purchase used cars and vehicles, which too often are riddled with serious […]

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