Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2016’

Estate Planning and Pets

Many families fail to address the needs of their pets when undertaking estate planning. Pets and other animals such as livestock are considered personal property and pass as such under an individual’s will, unless there are specific provisions dealing with pets or animals.  Only a small percentage of pet owners include provisions for their pets in their estate planning documents.  …

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Recent Change to Tennessee Statute Governing Retirement and Pension Plans Impacts Divorce Cases

An important change impacting divorce proceedings in Tennessee has been made to the Tennessee statute which governs retirement and pension plans. As of July 1, 2015, T.C.A. § 26-2-105(d)(1) now provides that “a local government that establishes and maintains for its employees a qualified plan, and the qualified plan’s administrator, shall honor claims under a qualified domestic relations order, if …

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