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  • Q:What types of cases do you take on?

    A:Upkins Law represents individuals and businesses across Nashville in several key practice areas, including administrative law, business and corporate law, construction law, real estate law, estate planning, family law and divorce, and elder law. 

  • Q:Do I really need an attorney?

    A:Only a thorough assessment of your situation will reveal whether you need legal counsel at this point in time. In our experience, however, most people who think they need an attorney will benefit from legal guidance. We welcome you to call our offices for a free initial consultation to find out whether you need an attorney and how Upkins Law can help.

  • Q:How can you help my new business succeed?

    A:A Nashville business law attorney from Upkins Law can provide a number of crucial services to entrepreneurs and start-ups. This includes business entity selection and formation, contract negotiation, regulatory and compliance issues, shareholder and operating agreements, business contracts, and more. We can help you plan for the future, avoid costly mistakes, and protect your interests in the face of a lawsuit or regulatory matter.

  • Q:Do I need an attorney to help with a real estate transaction?

    A:Many benefits can come from involving an attorney to help with your real estate transaction. The size of the purchase or sale itself warrants the expertise of a legal professional who can help ensure a smooth transaction that is truly in your best interests. Some legal issues may arise that your real estate agent cannot answer or address, such as a question about the legal title or the need to revise a lease agreement to address a specific circumstance. An attorney can protect both your legal and financial interests. We defend employers throughout the Nashville area in the face of lawsuits related to discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, and more. There are two sides to every story, and your business deserves the full protection that our legal system has to offer.

  • Q:What is probate?

    A:Probate is the process of administering an estate, based on a Last Will and Testament. Assets will be gathered and inventoried, beneficiaries will be paid, estate taxes will be addressed, and outstanding debt will be paid.

  • Q:Do I need a will?

    A:No matter your age or health, you may benefit from drafting a legally sound will. If you have any specific wishes you want carried out upon your passing, these can be set forth in your Last Will and Testament. You can designate assets to be distributed to specific beneficiaries and can make your will as detailed as you want. A clear and legal will can help protect your loved ones and ensure your wishes are carried out to the letter.

  • Q:What are the key parts of estate planning?

    A:Estate planning may involve multiple parts, depending on your needs and goals. This may include drafting a Last Will and Testament, establishing one or more trusts, creating financial and healthcare powers of attorney, determining how to mitigate estate taxes, and even planning for long-term care. Upkins Law can address all of your concerns with a comprehensive, tailor-made estate plan.

  • Q:Can estate planning help me avoid probate?

    A:A carefully thought-out and legally sound estate plan may be able to help you avoid probate, or at the very least make probate a faster and less contentious process. A Last Will and Testament will control which beneficiaries receive which assets, and one or more trusts can protect assets or property from estate taxes and creditor claims. By discussing your needs with you and developing a plan based on your goals, a skilled lawyer can make sure your probate and estate planning goals are fully addressed. No matter your age or health, estate planning can offer the means to protect your assets and ensure that your wishes are carried out if you become incapacitated or pass on. We can address your every concern through a personalized estate plan.

  • Q:How do I know if I have grounds for a construction defect claim?

    A:If you are experiencing problems at your residential or commercial property and you believe that they may be caused by poor workmanship, substandard building materials, or a design defect, you may wonder whether you have grounds for legal action. Upkins Law can investigate, determining whether the issue is truly a defect and what party (or parties) may be responsible. If you have a potential case, we can pursue financial compensation from the at-fault party to repair the damage and cover any losses you have experienced. This may include decreased property value, damage to personal property, injuries caused by the defect, and possibly more.

  • Q:What issues will need to be resolved in my divorce?

    A:A divorce will typically deal with property division, spousal support, and custody and child support if children are involved. We can help you face all these issues in such a way as to fully protect your interests and rights, leading toward a brighter post-divorce future.


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