Per the Numbers: Tennessee foreclosures are historically low, but storm clouds are forming

My banker clients are a pessimistic bunch. That’s partially because the bankers that I deal with are in “special assets” or are the bank’s general counsel. Long story short, they aren’t the ones at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expensive new restaurant; nope, my clients are the ones who get called in at the end, … Continue reading “Per the Numbers: Tennessee foreclosures are historically low, but storm clouds are forming”

Commercial Foreclosure Opportunity in Dickson!

Despite all the doom and gloom predictions, foreclosures haven’t skyrocketed in 2022. Having said that, in the Middle Tennessee area, there remains a surprising amount of interest (and money) in the foreclosures that do happen. In June, I wrote about four foreclosure sales that were pending and, for every single one, at least 10 people … Continue reading “Commercial Foreclosure Opportunity in Dickson!”

Let’s Get Political: My Pick for Tennessee’s Attorney General

After voting in Tennessee and Davidson County’s primary elections this morning, I’m feeling a bit political, so I’ll share my endorsement for the Tennessee Supreme Court’s interviews for Attorney General of the State of Tennessee, scheduled for August 8 and 9. But, first, I’ll tell you a story about Bill Young, one of the applicants. … Continue reading “Let’s Get Political: My Pick for Tennessee’s Attorney General”

Moving Targets: Determining the Date of Default in a Breach of Contract case isn’t as easy as you’d think

The court cases where attorneys sue clients for unpaid legal fees always get my attention. As an attorney who bills clients for my work and expects every client to pay every penny, I’m generally curious about what went wrong. There are unhappy clients. Unhappy attorneys. Bills that are too high, or too late, or for … Continue reading “Moving Targets: Determining the Date of Default in a Breach of Contract case isn’t as easy as you’d think”

COVID in 2022 and how we’re missing a chance to make the courts safer

After 2.5 years of not catching COVID, I began to think I was special. That, maybe, I had a rare, super-human immunity. That, at some point, future scientists would ask to study my blood to cure unknown diseases. But, last Sunday, I woke up feeling terrible. My Sunday morning COVID test was negative, so I … Continue reading “COVID in 2022 and how we’re missing a chance to make the courts safer”

New TN Court of Appeals Opinion: Even a defective foreclosure conveys good title

Tennessee is a non-judicial foreclosure state. In order to foreclose on somebody’s house or commercial property, all a lender must do is mail the proper paperwork to the proper parties. A lawsuit or other court involvement is not necessary. That’s a drastic over-simplification, but, basically, it’s true. In fact, when I did my first-ever foreclosure … Continue reading “New TN Court of Appeals Opinion: Even a defective foreclosure conveys good title”

What’s Up with all the Moves in the Nashville Legal Market?

“Every day” would be exaggeration. But, “every other day” isn’t. Every other day, I’m reading in the Nashville Post about some out of town Big Law firm buying a Nashville law firm or practice group (or, as Rex Hammock says “acquihire“). Or poaching a bunch of lawyers (or a few). Or just local firms shuffling … Continue reading “What’s Up with all the Moves in the Nashville Legal Market?”

Are Foreclosures Coming Back? Here are some notable Middle Tennessee Foreclosures set this Week

I’m involved in a number of Nashville foreclosures right now, and here are some details for some pending sales for anyone looking to buy. (As always, the typical disclaimer: Nothing in this post, of course, is designed to give you legal or factual advice about these sales.) (1) 1018 Riverwood Boulevard, Hermitage TN: June 21, … Continue reading “Are Foreclosures Coming Back? Here are some notable Middle Tennessee Foreclosures set this Week”

Service of Process: Just Like in Hollywood (Part 2)

It’s a strange day when legal procedural issues get top billing on the Today Show… As you may have seen, Jason Sudeikis served his ex-Olivia Wilde with legal papers while she was, literally, on a public stage talking about her upcoming movie. The photos from the event show her, in real time, opening the packet and … Continue reading “Service of Process: Just Like in Hollywood (Part 2)”

Davidson County Election Picks from a Nashville Lawyer

Last night, I hosted a neighborhood “meet and greet” for a judicial candidate, and one of my neighbors told me something I didn’t know: We all watch your front yard, to see which candidate signs you have. At the party, I saw this in real time, as neighbors showed up with pens, the Davidson County … Continue reading “Davidson County Election Picks from a Nashville Lawyer”