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Real Estate, Criminal Defense & Probate Matters
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  • Tennessee
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Longtime member of the Tennessee Bar, having practiced law in 62 of the 95 Counties in Tennessee. I am known for my expertise in Deeds, Titles and Boundary Disputes. In most Criminal matters prior to Trial, I conduct demanding Preliminary Hearings and present numerous Defenses including Motions To Suppress Evidence, and Discovery of the State's Witnesses and Evidence. Statutes of Limitations are always examined. And in Probate matters, Court Administration or not is carefully examined prior to filing such. If Probate can be avoided, then other Title authorities and Property Transfer methods are pursued.

I am admitted to, and have actually practiced before, the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Tennessee Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the United States Tax Court.

Unlike most attorneys and title companies, I am capable of drafting precise Deeds and Easements with new Legal Descriptions from one or more Survey plats, with comprehensive Derivation of Title clauses and Habendum clauses. And my Practice often involves Title Searches, Boundary Line Disputes, Deeds of any type, and Quiet Title Actions. My Estate Planning Practice includes Wills, Future Interest Conveyances, Trusts, and Probate Administration. Additionally I prosecute Will Contests, Foreclosures, and Land Partition Suits. In Criminal Cases, my Clients do not hire me just to plead them Guilty to the original charges.

I am a Retired Field Artillery Officer with the TNARNG and USA. I executed Fire Missions with Cannons, MLRS Rockets or ATACM Missiles. As a Targeting Officer, I directed the employment of Q-37 and Q-36 Weapon Locating Radars. And I was a Nuclear Weapon Officer for 155 mm and 8 inch Artillery in the 2nd Armored Division. As a QRF .50 BMG gunner in the Iraq War, I was awarded the Combat Action Badge.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Eminent Domain, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    White Collar Crime
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Planning
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Landlord Rights
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Boundary/Title Disputes
  • Firearms
  • Veteran's Disability
  • Title Insurance Claims
  • Actions for Forced Partition Sale of Real Property
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  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
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United States Tax Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Anthony M. Avery, Attorney
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
J.D. (1987)
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The Citadel
B.A. (1981)
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Professional Associations
National Rifle Association
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 8779
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State Bar of Tennessee  # 012925
Licensed Attorney
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Handling Real Estate Transactions: Surveys, Legal Descriptions and Deed Requirements, Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Real Estate Law: Liens Against Real Property, Perfection and Enforcement, Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Real Estate Law: Tennessee Title Law (Deeds; Estates; Derivation of Title; Defects; Easements; Litigation), Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Security Clearance
Defense Investigative Services
Notary Public At Large
Union County, Tennessee
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Questions Answered
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3711 Questions Answered
Q. I bought a cargo trailer from a private party. I received a bill of sale but no title. Seems there is a lien in place.
A: If the contract was made in TN, then jurisdiction arguably lies there. But it sounds like it is a MO contract, and apparently that is where the seller would be served, so MO is alot safer. You did not mention the price involved, which makes a difference. If that photo shows a lien, then contact the lienor as shown on the title. Making a deal with the lienor may only help your seller though, so coordination is key here. Contact a MO sheriff as there may be criminal sanctions involved. As private, no license and bond is involved. You can ask JAG for help but do not expect any, unless a crime is involved (maybe). I doubt a MO attorney can help, and apparently you have already dealt with MO motor vehicles.
Q. Does a homeowner with a real estate Lein have to be notified by certified mail or another verified method of notificatin
A: A NC attorney needs to be hired now to search that Title. Even if the alleged lien is not perfected, it may still be something that you owe, or could be executed upon. Since Foreclosure is imminent, you have very little time. A suit to enjoin Foreclosure for a meritorious reason is expensive, difficult, and you must still service the debt or you lose title and possession. Posting here and relying on a title co. is just playing around until you lose everything. It will need to be a thorough search, possibly involving Court files as well as the land records.
Q. I have a contract for deed for house in State of Alabama. The deed holder wants to convert to a vendors lien.
A: That means you have a Lease With Option To Purchase, and own nothing. A Deed to you with a Vendor's Lien on it means you own it subject to a Lien, which needs to be complied with and released of record upon satisfaction. If you do not pay, Lienor can execute on property. You might want a Deed and give him back a Mortgage and a Note. But you are at his pleasure right now, so be careful.
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Anthony M. Avery, Attorney
The Walnut Building
706 Walnut Street, #304
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 637-3035
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