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Jelks Law Articles

Here we have information of intrest about estate planning and probate, and other relevant topics.


Amanda Jelks answers your questions about the corporate transparency act, how to file, and how it impacts your small business.

Blended Families and Your Childhood Home

If you are the parent or child in a blended family it is essential that you have an estate plan that specifies your child (or you) child is an heir and beneficiary of your home. Your estate planning attorney is the best person to help you prepare.

Power of Attorney At Age 18

If you have a child approaching the age of 18 you need to plan a Power of Attorney with them.

Your Ex-Spouse Can Inherit From You

There are certain circumstance in which your ex-spouse can inherit from you even if it is not your intent.

Every Parent Needs An Estate Plan

Every parent needs an estate plan for their children.

Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

People often confuse Medicare and Medicate but the difference is important, especially from an estate planning perspective.

Estate Lawyer

Estate Planning is essential to making sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes when you pass away. Contact our law firm today.

Overtime Rule Temporarily Suspended by Federal Judge

In December 2016, a federal judge determined that the Department of Labor lacked the authority to expand the overtime rule in the manner it has attempted to do so.

Pay Your Student Loans or Your Job could be at Risk

Tennessee licensed individuals such as attorneys, doctors, dentists, nurses, social workers, and cosmetologists can be in danger of having their licenses suspended by the State if they fail to pay their student loans.

Federal Government Eliminates Criminal Background Checks and Mandatory Disclosures Early On

Under a law passed by President Obama, applicants for federal employment, federal employers cannot ask about previous felonies or issue a drug test until later in the screening process.

New Protection for the Credit Reports of Minors and Incapacitated Individuals

You can place a security freeze on a the credit report for a minor or a legally incapacitated person under your care.

The Most Common Conservatorship Questions and Answers

Conservatorships can be helpful for a person who can no longer handle their own medical or financial affairs and does not have a trustworthy power of attorney.

7 Things You Need To Know About Adding Someone To Your Bank Accounts

Before you add another person to you bank account you should be aware of some of the unintended consequences.

Am I responsible for my loved one's debt after they die?

After the loss of a loved one, family members may be contacted by the deceased's creditors seeking payment. When are they responsible and when are they not?

Step-Children Cannot Inherit Without a Will

What you don't know about estate planning could hurt your step-child.

How to Select a Guardian for Your Child

Choosing someone to care for your child in your absence, is one of the most difficult decisions parents make during the estate planning process.

3 Reasons You Need a Nondisclosure Agreement

If you will be sharing private business information with employees, contractors, investors, or partners you should consider having them sign a nondisclosure agreement to protect your confidential information.

Is Your HOA a Bully?

You have a right to Fair Housing in Tennessee. You cannot be retaliated against for asserting your Fair Housing rights, but it is always best to have your issue analyzed by an attorney.

How to make sure Emergency Contacts can be Accessed in your Phone

Learn how to put make your emergency contacts accessible to first responders regardless of your phone's security settings.

Press Release: Jelks Recognized as Best Attorney

On February 9. 2020 Attorney Amanda Jelks was named “Best Attorney” by Chattanooga Business Elite at the 1st Annual Black Excellence of Chattanooga Awards.

Our Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected us all. We are still open for business at Jelks Law but and the legal system are adjusting to the pandemic.

Making Sense of Medicaid Terms

Understanding how Medicaid works can be complicated and some of the terminology can be confusing. We at Jelks Law offer a brief guide to the essential terminology of Medicaid and Medicaid planning.

Alternatives to the Spend-Down for Medicaid

Medicaid requires that people in need of care "spend down" all of their assets. Jelks Law can help you plan ahead with alternatives to spending down.

5 Things You Need to Know About Partnership Agreements

Forming a partnership raises issues that need to be considered in order to create a successful business and to avoid potential litigation. Experienced business attorney, Amanda Jelks. can help you understand 5 major aspects of partnership formation and can also answer any other questions you may have on business partnerships.

Powers of Attorney: An Inexpensive Solution for Unpredictable Situations

Every single adult needs a Power of Attorney to make sure they are properly cared for in the event of an unfortunate situation.

Prenuptial Agreements & Blended Families

Before you get married and blend your family with your mate's, determine whether a prenuptial agreement is needed to preserve assets for your existing children.

Incorporation: Is it Right for your Business?

Whether you are starting a business or have been operating as a sole proprietor, you may be wondering if incorporating your business would be to your advantage. Jelks Law has extensive experience in business law and can answer any questions you may have on incorporating a business.

DIY Estate Planning

Estate Planning is too important to go it alone. Attorney Amanda Jelks, has seen wills contested and invalidated due to improper preparation. Contact us today.

New Laws for Tennessee

New Laws will be taking effect in Tennessee on July 1st 2017

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