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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Summary

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
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Tennessee
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Education
University of Mississippi
J.D. (1982) | Law
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Honors: top third of Class
Activities: Moot Court Board
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University of Mississippi
B.A. (1979) | Public Administration
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar # 010778
Member
Current
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Maury County Bar Association
Past President
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
1184 Questions Answered

Q. Hello I recieved an evition notice for possession only. I have alreaded moved out of the property. Do i have to go to
A: Strictly speaking, you should not have to go- they are seeking "possession only" ( that language is VERY important, so double check) and if you agree or have already surrendered possession, then there is no dispute and no need for you to appear. HOWEVER, as the saying goes - "better safe than sorry"- I would attend to make sure there are no last minute changes or amendments seeking to charge you with attorney fees or court costs. In summary, if you are not there, the other side might try to "ambush" you.
Q. My wife and I are filing an uncontested divorce. My question is, can we decide the child support payment?
A: In my experience, the judges follow the guidelines ( appellate court decisions says the guidelines have the same effect as laws passed by the legislature). The Judges are under a statutory directive to insure the child support law is obeyed. The guidelines do permit deviations, but only for a very good reason, so if you decide to attempt to get the Judge to approve the deviation, do your homework and be prepared to explain. The full text of the child support guidelines is available online through the State of Tennessee website- department of childrens services ( DCS).
Q. my childs father and I are not married. So paternity form will be filled out. Will he have to go get rights and pay
A: A child born to unmarried parents is, by statute, in the custody of the mother. To assert any parental rights, the father must file a paternity ( now called parentage) action, get DNA testing done to confirm paternity and have the Court/Judge establish the legal relationship. This means the father has NO rights until the case is heard, but this does NOT mean that you should deny him time with the child during that process ( you are now connected to the father until this child is grown, and therefore you want to have a cordial relationship with him during the coming years.) Child support will be established during the parentage action.
Q. Customer won't pay for work/parts he authorized abandoned car won't take our call authorized work/parts = 1600 Car = 300
A: Under Tennessee law, a repair service has a possessory lien on the vehicle for the cost of repairs- you can retain the vehicle until he pays for the work. At some point, you will need to file suit to collect the debt, and once you have a judgment, you can have the sheriff's office sell the vehicle and the sale proceeds ( if sufficient) will go to satisfy the debt. If you have already let him have the vehicle back, your only recourse is to file suit for the debt.
Q. Would I have to pay for an almost 10 year old water bill, that isn't even on my credit report?
A: The failure to list or report the debt to a credit reporting agency is irrelevant, the real issue is the statute of limitations: the legal deadline for filing suit. Beware; Local utility services are often non-profit agencies, and some have policies against allowing new services to individuals who have defaulted in the past. In other words, if you don't pay it, don't be surprised if they refuse you service in the future.
Q. Should I file for an agreed divorce and get the stay away injunction or just file for an order of protection? He threate
A: divorce has significant emotional and financial consequences. It sounds like you need to file ( forget asking for an "agreed divorce" - if he has treated you so badly, you don't need his agreement, you have grounds to dissolve the marriage even if he disagrees). The order of protection can also be issued as part of the divorce proceedings. You should consult an experienced family law attorney for specific advice on your situation.
Q. Considering divorce.. If I hold bank accounts with our Daughter, and with my Mother, is he entitled to those funds?
A: Impossible to answer without additional information; in a divorce in Tennessee, the judge is not bound by the labels or designations on title certificates, or deeds or signature cards on banks accounts. The classification of an asset as either "marital property" or "separate property" requires the judge to consider numerous other factors and your question contain very little information. Money can be "traced" to a source, and if marital funds were the source of these accounts, these accounts could be considered marital property. Consult an experienced divorce lawyer for specific advice on your situation.
Q. Hi, How do I file a petition to modify my parenting plan without a lawyer?
A: Sorry, but there is no "easy answer" to this: If you needed surgery, would you attempt to do it to yourself? Almost everyone says no, they would hire a professional to perform this service. However, rather than hire a lawyer, people will attempt complicated procedures and risk unfortunate consequences representing themselves in court. Be advised that you are held to the same standards as lawyers- to know all the rules of evidence and procedure. The simple answer to your question is 'just type up the petition yourself, take it to the court clerk's office, pay the filing fee and they will file it." However, it is MUCH more complicated than that- knowing what the petition should say, etc. If you choose to represent yourself, you first should do lots of internet legal research on the subject, and there are many free lawyer websites that contain lots of helpful information. It takes most people about 3 years to get through law school- keep that in mind as to how much research you should do.
Q. Can a husband take any of the property if the title is in my name and it was paid for with my inheritance
A: This is too complicate to answer in this simple question/answer format. if I understand what you are asking- it certainly sounds like it would be unlikely that a judge would award any of this property to your husband in a divorce situation. However, that are many other factors the Judge MUST consider when making a division of property, so this single asset cannot be viewed or determined without a thorough analysis of the "big picture." Consult an experienced divorce lawyer for more specific advice.
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