I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning and post-death... more
I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning and post-death administration, as well as asset protection planning and charitable planned giving. I counsel clients with respect to a wide range of issues relating to wills and trusts, estate planning, trust administration, asset protection, charitable giving, business succession and taxes.
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Tennessee law requires that I advise you that this communication constitutes an advertisement. This communication is not intended to be a solicitation or to render legal advice. The hiring of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements. Before you hire an attorney, ask me to send you further information about my qualifications and experience. Unless othe... view profile
John was born and raised in Chattanooga. He was active in the Boy Scouts growing up... more
John was born and raised in Chattanooga. He was active in the Boy Scouts growing up and earned his Eagle Scout Award. In law school, John earned the Book Award in his estate planning class for the highest grade. Prior to joining his father's law practice in 2002, he worked for two years with UBS Trust Company (formerly Bradford Trust Company). John speaks on the areas of estate plann... view profile
Music, entertainment and Internet attorney, consultant and expert witness with... more
Music, entertainment and Internet attorney, consultant and expert witness with specialized knowledge of the music industry and royalty structures. Over 15 years of experience in drafting and negotiating contracts in the music industry, including but not limited to, songwriting agreement, management agreements, and recording agreements. Also experienced litigator with trial experience at both th... view profile
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Martin L. Pierce,a native of Memphis, Tennessee, received his... more
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Martin L. Pierce,a native of Memphis, Tennessee, received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Tennessee Technological University in 1978, and received that institution's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1988. Martin received his law degree,with high honors, from the University of Memphis in 1981, where he was a published member of the University of Memph... view profile
Creating a limited liability company, or LLC, is one of several ways to structure a business. The other choices are general, limited, or limited liability partnerships. A shareholder in an LLC is not personally liable for any of the debts of the company, other than for the money they invested in that company. In a general partnership, all partners manage the business and are personally liable for its debts. In limited partnerships, partners' liability is limited and they have no voice in the decision-making. And in a limited liability partnership (LLP), all partners have some degree of limited liability. A lawyer with LLC experience can help you determine if forming an LLC is advantageous and appropriate for your business. If you decide to form an LLC, the attorney can draft the paperwork you need to formalize your choice, including provisions for management, ownership transfers, and profit and loss distributions.