Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

617 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
United States
Phone: (865) 292-2307
Fax: (865) 292-2321
Email: sbarrett@hdclaw.com

The U.S. Supreme Court tackles thorny issues under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Over the last week the United States Supreme Court tackled critical issues dividing our Courts of Appeal over the meaning and scope of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).

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Uber vs. Lyft

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Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are gaining significant traction across the world, as well as undeniable negative press for questionable employment practices and fare-setting schemes. Nonetheless, urban dwellers from San Francisco to Philadelphia are increasingly relying on these services to travel from Point A to Point B, and understandably so. After all, there are a lot of upsides to ridesharing aside from mere convenience and affordability.

The following examines the phenomenon of ridesharing, compares two of the major players in the industry, and discusses how ridesharing keeps our citizens safe from harm. To learn more about personal injury in Tennessee, or to discuss your rights post-accident, please contact a car accident lawyer from Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC today. [Read more…]

7 Things to Always Keep in Your Car in the Winter

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Winter in Tennessee can be a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, our state is not as prone to major weather events as states up north. On the other, it is not unheard of for an unexpected weather front to dump a foot or more of snow statewide, leading to major delays and traffic issues from Memphis to Knoxville.

Fortunately, there are a number of tips for Tennessee drivers to consider as we weather these winter months together, including the following list of items to keep in the car in the event of an accident. And, as always, do not hesitate to contact Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC if you experience an accident and injury while traveling Tennessee’s roadways at 865-292-2307. [Read more…]

Lyndsey Lee Joins Firm

lindsey-lee_new125x125Lyndsey L. Lee joined the firm as an associate on January 1, 2016. She received her law degree from The University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Lee has experience handling a wide variety of legal issues including appellate practice, consumer protection, criminal defense, disability accessibility and accommodation (including Special Education), family and juvenile law, health care law, and personal injury (including products liability and wrongful death).

How does your occupation and financial stability affect a divorce or a child custody settlement?

ChildChild custody and child support are two of the most contested and emotional issues that we deal with in a divorce case. Children are innocent parties in a divorce case; therefore, the courts and the law seek to protect children by ensuring that the best interest of the child is the overriding concern in custody and support cases.

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Taxpayer ID Theft – A Growing Problem

The occurrences of data breaches and mass identity thefts are so alarmingly common that the news stories reporting such instances are becoming routine.  Another frustrating reality that we are faced with is that even providing information to the IRS for tax purposes can subject a taxpayer to identity theft.  The IRS announced in May of 2015 that identity thieves may have stolen 114,000 taxpayer accounts from an IRS program used to obtain information about tax returns.  More recently, the IRS indicated that the initially reported number of stolen accounts was too low – way too low.  The total number of accounts now thought to have been accessed by identity thieves is closer to 334,000.00.  [Read more…]

What Happens After You File for Divorce?

What Happens After You File for DivorceSo, you’ve decided to file for a divorce. Whether or not this was a mutual decision, one person must file a petition, asking the court to get divorced. Once the petition has been filed, a number of steps need to be taken.

Our team of experienced divorce attorneys has compiled some of the key steps of the divorce process below. Please keep in mind that each divorce brings its own unique family circumstances to the table; these are general steps that apply to most divorces.

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Wesley D. Stone successful in case of State of Tennessee v. Benjamin Foust

PROFILE_Wesley-D-StoneHodges, Doughty and Carson, PLLC is pleased to announce that Mr. Wesley D. Stone, Member, recently and successfully obtained the reversal of twelve first-degree murder convictions, four especially aggravated robbery convictions, three aggravated arson convictions, and two felony firearm convictions. Mr. Stone also obtained a reversal and dismissal of one aggravated arson conviction. A Knox County grand jury indicted Mr. Foust in the trial court in a 21 count indictment and was defended in the trial court by the late Bruce Poston. Mr. Stone represented Mr. Foust on appeal after Mr. Bruce Poston’s death. Mr. Foust will not have to serve the 105-year prison sentence the trial judge imposed and the charges will be sent back to the trial court for a new trial.

Click here to read or download the entire case.

How Do I Tell My Kids about My Divorce?

kid-165256_1280Discussing divorce with your kids is never easy, no matter how young or old they may be. Seeing the reaction and pain that your child may have will take a toll on you. The experienced family law attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC want to help guide you through this tricky and emotional process.

Begin with a Safe Space

One of the most important aspects of the conversation you are about to have is that your kids feel comfortable. It’s important that you don’t lead them to believe the worst. You are all still family, even after the divorce. We suggest finding a safe, calm space. This may be your living room or the kitchen table, but private is better. Your kids will feel more comfortable at home than at a restaurant because they can process the situation more clearly when they feel physically safe.

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21 HDC Attorneys selected as 2015 Cityview Top Attorney Winners

Cityview Top AttorneysHodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC is pleased to acknowledge that twenty-one of our Attorneys in thirty-four practice areas are included among this year’s Cityview Top Attorney winners!

Click here to view who was honored this year.