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Steps after designating a healthcare proxy   Now that you’ve designated your healthcare proxy and completed a living will, medical power of attorney or advanced directive, what do you do with it? After your Advance Directive for healthcare form is signed, witnessed and/or notarized, you should give one...

Ways to designate a healthcare proxy   As we have discussed previously, it is of utmost importance to designate a healthcare proxy, or person to speak on your behalf if you are otherwise unable. In Tennessee, you can designate a healthcare proxy through a living will, medical power...

Now is time to designate a healthcare proxy   Four things to know about advance directives Imagine that you are in a hospital, terminally ill with cancer and can't communicate. Who is the person designated to speak for you if you are unable, otherwise known as your healthcare...

Getting to know common law marriage in Tennessee The short answer to the question “does Tennessee recognize common-law  marriage?” is no. But there is a little more to the concept. A common-law marriage is one in which the couple presents as married without actually registering their relationship with...

Sometimes seen as controversial contracts between prospective spouses, prenuptial agreements can be a valuable tool to use before entering into a marriage contract. Seen by some as bringing lawyers into the sacred bond of marriage, a prenuptial agreement doesn’t turn a marriage into a financial arrangement....

Paying for an adoption can comprise many details Adopting can be expensive. But there are grants, loans and tax credits available for prospective parents to help defray the cost of adoption. Tennessee, for example, offers parents up to $1,500 per child to help pay for non-recurring adoption...