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 […]

Nov 16, 2017

Be Truthful with Your Lawyer

By |Nov 16, 2017|Legal Matters|

The law can be confusing.  If you are suing another person or business, being sued, or facing administrative suspension of a license to work in your job or if you have been charged with a crime, talk to a lawyer.  For instance, in a civil case or a license revocation proceeding, if you miss […]

Aug 14, 2017

What Is a Lemon, and What Can You Do If You Have One?

By |Aug 14, 2017|Legal Matters|

Cars, trucks, SUVs, buses, and other vehicles are extremely important.  We drive them to work, to school, to errands, to the hospital, to visits with relatives, and more.  The public often refers to cars, SUVs, or trucks with defects or serious problems as “lemons.”  Under Tennessee’s Lemon Law, however, a “lemon” is a new […]

May 19, 2017

How to Prepare for a Deposition

By |May 19, 2017|Legal Matters|

After a civil lawsuit is filed, the plaintiff and the defendant may require the other side and other witnesses to testify under oath, outside the courtroom, about the dispute or matter, or to testify in a deposition.  Though no judge is present, the answers are recorded and the party or witness testifying takes an […]

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