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John Anderson’s Legal Cases

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  • IN RE: ESTATE OF Clifford Franklin BAKER, et al. v. Lee KING, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Date:
    May 04, 2006
    Outcome:
    Mr. Anderson successfully argued to the Court of Appeals for reversal of the trial court's ruling that the Premarital Agreement signed by the his client in 1976 was valid and enforcable.
    Description:
    This appeal involved a challenge to the validity of an antenuptial agreement. Executors under the decedent's Will filed a petition in the General Sessions Court of Madison County, Probate Division, to have Will admitted to probate. Decedent's wife then filed a notice and petition for elective share, for specific property, year's support, homestead, and expedited hearing. The Executors, also beneficiaries under decedent's Will, opposed the petition based on an antenuptial agreement the wife had entered into with the decedent prior to their marriage, and the wife challenged the enforceability of the antenuptial agreement. Following a hearing, the court upheld the validity of the antenuptial agreement, finding that the wife entered into the agreement knowledgeably and that the doctrine of equitable estoppel prohibited the wife from contesting the antenuptial agreement. Wife appealed. The dispositive question before the Court is whether the evidence preponderates against the trial court's finding that the antenuptial agreement was valid and enforceable.  The Court of Appeals concluded that the record and applicable law did not support the trial court's decision to enforce the antenuptial agreement. <a href="http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/bakerc050406.pdf" target="_new">In Re: Estate of Clifford Franklin Baker, et al. v. Lee King, et al.</a>  
  • WILLIAM ALAN WATERMEIER v. SHERRY DUNAWAY MOSS AND THOMAS R. MOSS, III

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Date:
    Oct 29, 2009
    Outcome:
    Mr. Anderson successfully argued that the requirements of Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-2-304(b)(2) had not been met and that Appellant is the child's biological and legal father. The Appellate Court reversed the ruling of the trial court and remanded.
    Description:
    This is a petition to establish parentage case. Father/Appellant appealed from the dismissal of his petition in the Shelby County, Tennessee Juvenile Court. The juvenile court erred in finding that Mother and Moss met the requirements of Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-2-304(b)(2). Accordingly, the Tennessee Court of Appeals found that Mother and Moss cannot rely on the twelve month statute of limitation. Further, finding that the Special Judge improperly excluded the DNA test results and that the results indicate a 99.999% probability that Appellant is the biological father of Child, the Court of Appeals found that Appellant is both the biological and legal father of Child. <a href="http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/OPINIONS/TCA/PDF/094/Wm%20A%20Watermeier%20v%20Sherry%20D%20and%20Thomas%20R%20Moss%20OPN.pdf" target="_new">William Alan Watermeier v. Sherry Dunaway Moss and Thomas R. Moss, III</a>
  • DONNA MARIE TAIT v. WILLIAM FRANK TAIT

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    May 18, 2006
    Outcome:
    The Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed and upheld the trial court's ruling that Mr. Anderson's client would not have to pay alimony despite his very high income.
    Description:
    Donna Marie Tait ("Wife") filed for divorce from William Frank Tait ("Husband") citing grounds of inappropriate marital conduct. The parties entered into a Permanent Parenting Plan and a Property Settlement Agreement, but reserved the issue of alimony for trial. After hearing the evidence, the trial court found that Wife was not in need of additional alimony support from Husband, despite Husband's ability to pay. Wife appealed. Steve Anderson represented Husband at the Trial Court level. Darrell Blanton represented Husband at the Appellate Court level. <a href="http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/taitd051806.pdf" target="_new">Donna Marie Tait v. William Frank Tait</a>