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December 2014 Archives

2 Biggest Mistakes Made by Those Under Investigation or Who've Been Arrested for Criminal Activities

Click below to see my new video on the 2 Biggest Mistakes Made by Those Under Investigation or Who've Been Arrested for Criminal Activities.  Make sure you or your loved ones aren't making these mistakes.

Kevin Scott Thibault Sentenced For Forgery Of Signature Of A U.S. District Court Judge And Mail Fraud

On Dec. 18, 2014, Knoxville resident Kevin Scott Thibault, 49, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for forgery and 72 months for mail fraud. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $380,340.12 and given three years of probation upon release. Thibault pled guilty to forging the signatures of U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan and U.S. District Court Officer Kathy Keeton, and to creating fake adoption papers which he presented to the individuals while posing as an attorney. He demanded power of attorney from the individuals, which actually allowed him to make financial transactions from their accounts. Through this scam, he gained at least $400,000 from the individuals. 

TENNESSEE ALIMONY PRIMER

Alimony is a blanket word used to cover many types of post-divorce spousal support. In Tennessee, there are rehabilitative alimony, alimony in futuro (periodic alimony), transitional alimony, and alimony in solido (lump sum alimony). The definitions of these types of alimony in layman's terms are as follows: 

Alaska Man Sentenced to 16 Months Imprisonment for Tax Crimes

James R. Beck, of Soldotna, Alaska, was convicted in October 2014 on seven counts of committing various federal tax crimes. Beck, 60, was a pipeline technician for Alyeska Pipeline service Co. and claimed that the state and federal laws did not apply to him. In court, Beck argued that taxation was immoral and unfair, and that he simply refused to submit to it anymore. 

APPRECIATION DUE TO MARKET FACTORS NOT ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY DISTRIBUTION TO SPOUSE IN TENNESSEE DIVORCE

In the case of Huddleston v. Huddleston, No. M2012-00851-COA-3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App July 30, 2013), a case out of Putnam County Chancery Court, we learn that an increase in value of separate property during a marriage, if due to market factors only, will not justify dividing that increase between the spouses upon a divorce. 

POST-DIVORCE PARENTAL RELOCATION IN TENNESSEE

Many people believe that once they divorce a spouse that their dealings with them are over. However, when children are involved this is rarely the case. Post-divorce custody issues come up all too often, and there are many complex legal issues involved. One of these types of issues is the relocation of a parent. 

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