Leonard Robert Grefseng

Leonard Robert Grefseng

Experienced diligent general practice lawyer serving southern Middle Tennessee
  • Divorce, Family Law, Business Law...
  • Tennessee, Tennessee
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A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Grefseng attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) on an athletic scholarship (football) graduating, cum laude in 1979. He was named to the "Academic All South Eastern Conference" honor roll in 1978. Upon graduation, he attended law school at the University of Mississippi graduating in the top third of his class in May of 1982. Upon graduation, he served as the law clerk for Judge Roy Noble Lee of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee in 1984 and relocated to Columbia, Maury County and has been engaged in the private practice of law since that time. Mr. Grefseng is a member and past President of the Maury County Bar Association, and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Grefseng is married to Melinda Grefseng (formerly Melinda F. Bunch), and they have one child, Samuel. Mr. Grefseng has participated in a number of civic activities including the past President of the Maury County Kiwanis Club, former Elder of Zion of Presbyterian Church (PCA), and former Director and past Chairmen of the Board of Zion Christian Academy.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Tennessee
Tennessee
Education
University of Mississippi
J.D. (1982) | Law
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Honors: top third of Class
Activities: Moot Court Board
University of Mississippi
B.A. (1979) | Public Administration
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Honors: Cum Laude
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar # 010778
Member
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Maury County Bar Association
Past President
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873 Questions Answered

Q. My daughter whom I adopted when she was 2 and is now 16 is being contacted thru social media by her biological mother,
A: If there was an adoption, the biological mothers rights were terminated. It can be a criminal offense ( only a misdemeanor, however) to violate a "contact veto" see TCA sec. 36-1-132. Consult your adoption lawyer and local law enforcement personnel for more specific advice on your situation.
Q. My son turned 18 in January and graduates in May. My ex is stoping child support in May. How can I appeal it?
A: Tennessee law provides that the obligation to pay child support terminates when the child turns age 18 OR when the child graduates from high school, whichever event is the last to occur. Sorry, but unless your husband already agreed in the divorce papers to pay for college, etc, then you cannot make him pay child support beyond the high school graduation.
Q. Do I need to get new court order in FL to stop child support? Child lives in GA. She is 18 and grad next mo.
A: Your question contains the answer- if there is an order that says withholding may not stop without a court order, then you must get a court order.
Q. Can my ex change the existing child support amt without having a hearing to modify the support?
A: Court orders remain in effect until a new court order is entered.
Q. what steps should I take prior to asking my wife for a divorce?
A: 1. Talk privately with an experienced lawyer. Do NOT try to do it yourself, would you attempt to do surgery on yourself if you needed it? No, you would hire a professional to do the job. 2. Gather evidence- photo's, phone records, emails, tape recordings- whatever is needed to prove the grounds for divorce. 3. Gather financial information- bank accounts, retirement account statements, appraisals of real estate or vehicles, etc. The Judge will need an accurate picture of all financial issues in order to make a fair decision.
Q. My husband died in Nov . There is a will. He left me our house and his son property in Kentucky. Why do I have to go pp
A: Probate is the process where a will is given legal recognition- the decease may have had other earlier or possibly subsequent wills. People have been know to make last minute changes to their wills. In order for the Court to know which will is the final and true desire of the deceased, the will must be submitted for probate. if no will is submitted, it is assumed the deceased died WITHOUT any will, and different laws of inheritance may apply.
Q. Do I have to be a resident of TN to be divorced in TN.I have never lived in TN.
A: ONE of the two married persons must be a Tennessee resident and that person must have resided in Tennessee for at least 6 months prior to the filing. If you object to having the divorce granted in Tennessee, you most likely need to consult an attorney to assist you in getting the case dismissed. Be careful, if you file papers responding to the divorce and don't handle the issue properly, the court could find/determine that you have consented to the jurisdiction simply by filing those papers. Consult an experienced divorce lawyer promptly, you only have a limited time to respond.
Q. Does the sole executor of an estate have the authority to sell the property without the consent of all heirs in TN?
A: This can't be answered without a complete review of the will in question. If the will contains a specific direction to the executor to sell the land, he/she must do so. If not, the land vests immediately upon death in the heirs/named beneficiaries. Consult an experienced probate lawyer for specific advice.
Q. Child Support. I’ve had trouble holding a job due to depression, anxiety and panic disorder. Med records coroberate.
A: You situation is difficult and complex, you should ask the Judge to appoint an attorney for you ( you are entitled to a lawyer if they are seeking jail time for criminal contempt.).Perhaps more importantly, have you applied for or sought disability benefits as the result of your problems? if you qualify for those benefits, your child support obligation might be reduces and your children might also qualify for benefits. You might be able to find a lawyer to handle your disability case on a contingency ( percentage) basis. Do NOT borrow money - that only makes the situation worse- it looks like you can afford to pay when in reality, you cannot.
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