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William Ira Howell Acuff

Cookeville Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. I'm involved in a very complex situation.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Mark Allan Anderson
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    Typically when your attorney is allowed to withdraw from a case the Court gives you a certain amount of time to retain new counsel. If you are past that timeframe, but still haven't found new counsel, you need to do so immediately. The lack of counsel should not have any impact on the grievance with the State Bar. On the case itself, the sooner you retain new counsel, the better. If the trial date is less than sixty days away and you still do not have counsel, you should consider filing a...

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  2. Cross Examination questions

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Seyed Abbas Kazerounian
    3. Jonathan Kane
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    On cross examination you are generally limited by court rules to asking questions that follow up on what the direct examination covered. But, if you tell the court that it is more efficient to allow you to go "beyond the scope" in cross rather than have to keep the witness around and put him back on the stand during your defense proof, often the judge will allow you more latitude. I am not licensed in your state, so I have answered generally. For state specific information you will need...

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  3. My husband owned his home before we were married. We were married 3 yrs. ago. He has been diagnosed w/ stage 3 lung cancer & may

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Edwin Arnold Anderson
    3. Brian C. Snell
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    I am so sorry for his illness. I strongly recommend consulting with a local estate planning attorney - you may also need to get powers of attorney documents (so that you can legally handle things for him if illness and/or treatments make him unable to do so himself at times). On the home, the Deed is the first place we look to determine present and future ownership. If it is just in his name, and has typically "and his heirs" language, then any future ownership (after his death) is...

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  4. I received a citation for a dog attack person in Canton, GA.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Kimberly Dewitt Mowbray
    4. Mark Alan Mackin
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    You are going to need an answer from a local attorney to really be informed about this issue. But generally, if you have security cameras it would be a good idea to see what, if anything, that footage shows. And if there are security cameras in businesses next door or across the street, it would be wise to see if those cameras caught anything either. If it comes down to a swearing contest, and the lady is at all credible, you have a problem. But what a local court will do with it is really...

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  5. I was let go from my job while I was on medical leave, is there anything I can do? I live in Tennessee.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Marilynn Mika Spencer
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    Whether or not you have a legal remedy depends on several more facts. It is possible that they violated the Tennessee Human Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and even some of the retaliation provisions under other statutes. You need to consult with an attorney and review all of the facts, and promptly.

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  6. I'm about to be sued for an accident my 18 year old son was in, if I sell my home can they still get that money from me?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Michael J Palumbo
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    If you had insurance that covered your son, then turn the claim over to your insurance company - they will take care of defending the matter. Whether or not your interest in real property would be at risk depends upon many factors that are not addressed in your post. For instance, is the property jointly owned with anyone other than the son's mother? If so, even in the event of an excess (meaning "beyond available insurance coverage) judgment, it would not be something that it would be...

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  7. Is it mandatory to place your deceased parents estate thru probate and post in the newspaper for 3 months before it can be aucti

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
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    Probate is the process by which a Will is put into effect. A person dies still owning property, and unless that property has documents of title that direct the future ownership (like a payable on death person being listed on the bank account), then the probate court is the means by which the estate is resolved and title can pass to the heirs. With real property, title passes at death. Sometimes, however, there are issues with figuring out who the "heirs" are, particularly if there was no...

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  8. Can my employer swap my pay from w9 to w4 with out my consent ?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
    2. Christopher Michael Larson
    3. Andrew J Wyman
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    Tennessee is an "at-will" State. Unless you had a written employment contract, the employer could terminate your independent contractor status at any time. There is an argument that if they retroactively changed your method of compensation you have a wage and hour claim (Tennessee Department of Labor has jurisdiction). But going forward, if you know that they intend to pay you as an employee, then you can either accept or reject further employment on that basis.

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  9. My mother was given a life estate to a home she no longer lives in. How can she get rid of it when she can't afford it anymore?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William Ira Howell Acuff
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    If your mother has the life estate, then I would presume there is also an owner of the future interest named in the Deed. If so, she could simply quit-claim her interest to that future owner, and thus terminate the life estate. She could also rent the property out - keeping in mind that the length of the lease would be subject to her still being alive (ie. if she signed a two year agreement to rent it to someone and then died before the end of two years, the lease would expire at the time...

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  10. How bad do you have to be injurys before a person have to have before you can file a claim for a auto accidents

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

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    There are several good answers already posted, so I only want to encourage you on two points: 1) Make sure you get your medical care in a timely way - even when the need to get back to work is pressing, make time for your appointments. One of the worst things that happens in injury cases is when there is a gap in treatment. In real life we all put things off - I have a tooth that I have dodged the dentist on for a few months now - but in an injury case those sorts of delays come back to...

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