Overview of our Areas of Practice
Adopting a child is serious business. Whether you are the adoptive parent or the biological parent, you need legal representation. An adoption severs all rights from the biological parent and in turn gives all rights over the child to the adoptive parent.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with debt, facing lawsuits from your creditors, or facing a foreclosure or repossession of personal property, then you may be a good candidate for either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A Chapter 7 will generally discharge most unsecured debt and provide the client with a fresh financial start. Chapter 13 is geared more toward protecting property after the client has fallen behind on payments. Bankruptcy is not a decision to be made lightly. If you are considering filing then we can offer you the guidance and representation needed to navigate this complex area of the law.
The State of Tennessee understands that children need both their parents in their lives, and that is why child custody laws are designed to help the child to continue to feel loved by both parents throughout the child's life. Child custody and visitation is a delicate determination that is made based on the best interest of the child. We can address your child custody concerns during initial determinations in divorce proceedings or in cases where the parents have never been married. We also handle cases in which parents are seeking to have a custody or visitation order modified.
Child support is a consideration not only in divorce proceedings, but also when the parents of a child have never been married. Child support calculations should be recalculated every 3 to 5 years to ensure the support obligation is still accurate, based on the incomes of the mother and father. It is important that you have an attorney at any stage in your child support proceeding, whether you are looking to collect child support or you face a suit for child support arrearages, we can provide you with the legal representation you need.
Being charged with a criminal offense is a frightening experience that carries serious consequences. If you have been charged or arrested for any criminal offense such as drug offenses, driving under the influence, robbery, burglary, theft, domestic violence, assault, weapons charges, felony or misdemeanor chargers, let one of The Fleming Law Firm & Mediation Center's highly qualified criminal attorneys help you manage this stressful situation.
Divorce is a very difficult time in your life. You need someone who can help you navigate the legal system. There are two types of divorce in Tennessee: Contested and Uncontested. If the Husband and Wife can agree on all aspects of the divorce including parenting time (custody) and the division of assets and liabilities, the divorce is uncontested. An uncontested divorce needs legal representation to ensure the proper filing of court documents. If the Husband and Wife cannot agree, the divorce is contested. We are experienced in all areas of the complexities of all divorces. We can help you negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement or litigate your case to resolution.
Rule 31 Mediation
One way to avoid costly, and often ugly, litigation is to seek an agreement through mediation. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions among the disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves. Rule 31 mediation is based on principles of communication and negotiation that emphasize the needs and interests of the parties. Since the decision-making authority rests with the parties, mediation is a great way to resolve a dispute without the need for litigation.
Raising a child is difficult. No matter how hard you try, sometimes there is trouble. If your child has recently become involuntarily acquainted with law enforcement, your child needs legal representation. We can help you navigate through this difficult experience.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s carelessness, such as a car accident, you may be experiencing more than just physical pain. You may be unable to work, have unpaid bills, or overwhelming medical expenses. Let us assist you in getting your life back on track.
Probate & Estate Administration
Probate is the process whereby the affairs of a deceased person are concluded. This includes paying all outstanding debts and distribution of all remaining property. If there is not a will, the Tennessee statutes govern how the assets are distributed. If the deceased had a will, the will governs the distribution of assets.
Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
As you are planning for the distribution of your estate, it is important to consider your options. A Trust can help you avoid probate entire, but requires greater investment on the front end. A Last Will & Testament dictates how you want your property distributed after you pass, while a Living Will acts as a medical directive to your doctor regarding certain medical decisions. All estate planning needs to incorporate a Financial Power of Attorney and a Healthcare Power of Attorney as these documents appoint someone to act on your behalf and take care of your personal and medical affairs should you ever be unable to do so yourself. Each estate plan is unique and should be catered to your specific circumstances.
If you have any questions about our Areas of Practice or would like to schedule any free consultation please feel free to contact us today.
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