On March 7, 2014, Donald Farinato will be a speaker at the Community Law School. Donald is presenting a seminar entitled “Wills and Estate Planning for Everyone.” Donald will speak about estate planning and incapacity documents and also provide an overview of the probate process.
This event is free and open to the public and offered through the Knoxville Bar Association’s Community Law School. The seminar takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the John T. O’Connor Senior Citizen’s Center, located at 611 Winona Street in Knoxville. For further information or to preregister, visit the Knoxville Bar Association website at www.knoxbar.org or call 865-522-6522.
The Tennessee Bar Association has released the 2014 edition of The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors, available online at http://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/TBA-The_Legal_Handbook_for_TN_Seniors-February_24-2014.pdf. The Handbook, originally published in 2001, has been updated by TBA’s Public Education Committee. The following is from a release by Legal Aid of East Tennessee:
“Older adults often don’t realize that there are legal services and programs available to help them. The updated Handbook contains practical information on a wide range of topics, including issues such as applying for Social Security benefits, long-term care considerations and estate planning, as well as completely new sections addressing online security and new health care legislation. An updated list of resources relevant for Tennessee Seniors is also included.”
We are very happy to announce that lawyer Andi Campbell has joined our practice.
Andi is a Knoxville native and comes to us after completing her Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. We look forward to clients and professionals getting to know and working with Andi. Read more about Andi here.
The Tennessee Secretary of State issued this warning regarding a scam directed at businesses and nonprofits. Entities are receiving official-looking notices from “Annual Business Services,” claiming that the entity must submit a form and pay $125 to register. However, Annual Business Services is not affiliated with the Secretary of State’s office and there is no state law requiring registration with that entity.
By J. Scott Griswold (editor), Heather K. Craig, Donald J. Farinato, Dan W. Holbrook, Marshall H. Peterson, Eddy R. Smith and Kathleen L. Waldrop
Cite: Attorneys of Holbrook Peterson Smith, Big Changes to Tennessee’s Uniform Trust Code: 10 Things You Should Know, TENN. BAR J., December 2013.
“Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.” — Robert Byrne
Sweeping changes to Tennessee’s trust law, effective July 1, 2013, “… will serve to further establish Tennessee as the best and most attractive legal environment in the nation for trusts and trust services.” So begins the unofficial “Reason for Drafting” of the most comprehensive changes to our state’s trust laws since the adoption of the Tennessee Uniform Trust Code (TUTC) in 2004. The explicit goal of these changes is to make Tennessee a leading contender in the national race for trust business by keeping up with, or staying ahead of “Competitor States” whose aggressive law changes have successfully attracted out-of-state business. Continue reading