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
Current
Maury County Bar Association
Past President
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853 Questions Answered

Q. My wife remarried soon after our divorce. I need her to sign a quit claim deed. How do I state her name on it ?
A: If I understand your question correctly, use her current name but also recite that she is also "one and the same person as..." or " formerly known as " then state her name used on the deed or while you were married. In summary, this is essentially saying the person was "aka" ( also know as). Rather than use "aka" - I suggest simply stating the actual course of events: her identity but due to marriage, she is now ( new identity).
Q. My aunt just passed away she was selling her house is the contract void now that she has passed
A: No, it there was a valid contact at the time of her death, that contract is binding on the estate. There is a statute that allows the executor to sign on behalf of the deceased.
Q. I live in Tennessee and want to file divorce papers with no lawyer... but?
A: yes, however, under Tennessee law, you may be entitled to some portion of the retirement plan, and it may not be a wise decision to walk away from that money. Do you even know how much the plan is worth? You may regret it later on, especially at retirement age. However, if you are completely sure you don't want your share of it, then you can still get an uncontested divorce without a lawyer. The marital dissolution agreement (MDA- it might also be called a property settlement agreement must state that husband will retain sole ownership of any/all pension/retirement benefits. Again, I strongly suggest you consult an experience divorce lawyer before you sign off on these benefits.
Q. In Tn. can a family member contest a quit claim deed where the property has been deeded to you by a deceased person?
A: Its unclear from your question exactly what you are asking- but if I understand you, the answer is yes- an heir ( someone who might have otherwise inherited property, can challenge a deed executed by a deceased person. The mostly likely claim will be that the decease was coerced or pressured into signing, but there are also other reasons for a Court /Judge to set aside a conveyance. Consult an experienced litigation lawyer for specific advice on your situation.
Q. Does filing bankruptcy help or hurt you when you’re being sued by a creditor?
A: Filing for bankruptcy relief will stop all other court proceedings, at least for a short period of time. Consult the bankruptcy lawyer as soon as possible for more specific advice- there is more than one type of bankruptcy and there is also some expense for that filing- your situation is more complicated that can be addressed in this question - answer format.
Q. Can I advertise on social media that I will reduce my commission?
A: Generally, yes, any agent is free to negotiate the amount of their commission. However, any listing agreement or fee agreement should be in writing signed by both parties. As to advertising, consider checking with the State licensing board for real estate agents for specific requirements.
Q. my son turned 18 and go to college do i have to paid child support
A: Tennessee law provides that the obligation to pay child support terminates when one of two things happens, whichever event is LAST- either when the child turns age 18 OR , when the child graduates from high school. If you child is in college and has turned 18, it sounds like you are no longer required to pay child support .
Q. I'm trying to find out if since I have new information to a civil case if I can file another case or not.
A: Sorry, but probably not. In order to have a case "re-opened" ( not a legal term) on the basis of "newly discovered evidence" you have to show that the evidenced was not available at the time of the first hearing. From what you described, that does not appear to be possible. Consult an experienced litigation lawyer asap for more specific advice on your particular case. There are time limits that must be observed.
Q. What is the process for eviction in Hamilton County, TN of an unwelcome houseguest?
A: There is no separate formal process. I would suggest calling the Police and ask for their help in removing a trespasser. I assume you have already given her notice that she needs to move out. You don't actually say you want to break up with her, just that you want her out of your house. I suspect however that the result will be the same. If you haven't told her directly , do so immediately before you call the Police. Give her a reasonable deadline to get moved,( 30 days? find a new place and get moved). The problem is, the police don't always want to help in these situations- they may view it as a landlord -tenant relationship, especially if she has been there 6 months. Be prepared to prove to them that she is not a tenant, just a guest, ( copy of your deed showing your name only?- utility bills in your name only?) You should also be able to show them that she was previously given the deadline to move, and has refused. If the police won't help, your only option is to evict like a landlord, but you will still be proving the same thing to the judge: this was NOT a lease, but simply a guest, and the relationship is over.
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Columbia, TN 38401
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