Lawline Online: Free Service of the Knoxville Bar Association
Each year, statistics have shown a steady increase in the number of clients whose legal needs were not being met through the traditional methods of providing legal services. Obstacles exist in the availability and the affordability of quality legal services for low and moderate income persons. The Knoxville Bar Association developed LAWLINE ONLINE to assist clients in determining in they have a legal matter or if another entity would be better suited to offer assistance. With the help of the local courts, governmental and community service organizations and more than thirty-five members of the Knoxville Bar Association, LAWLINE ONLINE became a reality in June, 1999.
By selecting on the topics below, you will find a series of messages which aid in understanding common legal problems, recognizing potential legal problems and understanding how the justice system works. Information on where to go if further help will be needed is also provided. The messages are written in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner using everyday language. Although it is not intended to replace the advice of an attorney or to provide specific legal advice, the service provides general information on over 70 topics.
How do I find a lawyer?
Do I qualify for a free attorney?
What if I am unhappy with my attorney?
Legal fees/How do lawyers charge?
Automobiles & Traffic
Must I take a chemical test when stopped by drunken driving?
Should I fight a traffic ticket?
Can bankruptcy help me?
Forms of business enterprises
How do I form a corporation?
What is a patent, trademark and copyright?
Applying for credit or loans
The Bill Consolidation Loan
Are you a victim of mail fraud?
Illegal sales gimmicks
Three day "Cooling off period" in consumer transactions
Rights of juveniles
What to do if arrested
State payments to victims of violent crimes
When may police legally enter your home?
Pubic defenders - who has a right to them?
Health care rights during and after employment
What if I am injured at work?
How can I obtain a divorce?
Legal separation-what happens?
Do I have grounds for annulment of my marriage?
Alimony & Child Support
What if child support or alimony is not paid?
How will the property of my marriage be divided in a divorce?
Who is responsible for the debt of husband/wife
How do I enforce visitation rights?
Rights of battered women
General information about adoptions
Your name: Keeping it or changing it
Paternity and Legitimation
Small claims procedures
What should I do if I am sued?
Restraining orders and injunctions
What if I can not afford court costs?
Being a witness
What is a deposition?
What is a subpoena?
What will happen if I am asked to be a witness?
Protecting your home from creditors
Rights and duties of tenants
Rights and duties of landlord
What is trespassing?
Rights of tenants in public housing
Immigration rules and regulations/ Immigracion
Medical and legal malpractice
What is mediation?
What is personal injury?
Statue of limitations
Your welfare rights
Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Benefits available if you've had and accident
Welfare for family with children
Information about Medicaid/TennCare
Wills & Estates
Probating and Administering Wills
What is a trust?
Gift and estate tax
Potential Pitfalls in using Generic Form Wills
Disclaimer: The information contained in these articles on various subject areas of law is to aid your general understanding of these issues only. This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be depended upon for that purpose.
The Courts, sometimes referred to in these articles, may change procedures, available services, hours of operation, availability of classes, etc., at any time. Additionally, laws are constantly changing and may at any time render the information in these articles obsolete. These materials, prepared by members of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), have been issued to inform and provide general information, not to advise. If you have a specific legal problem, you should not try to apply or interpret the law without the aid of an attorney who knows the facts because the facts may change the application of the law. If you have a legal problem or question, please consult an attorney. If you need a lawyer, please contact the KBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service.
Any publication, distribution, or other use of these materials without the express written consent of the KBA is prohibited.