• USFN Announces Wilson & Associates as a 2020 Award of Excellence Recipient

    [LITTLE ROCK, AR | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020] USFN, an industry trade organization representing America’s mortgage banking attorneys for over 30 years, is pleased to reveal its 2020 Award of Excellence recipients. Wilson & Associates was announced as a recipient during the annual member meeting, as part of this year’s virtual member month programming. “Award

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  • WILSON ESTATE PLANNING: HELP! I’VE BEEN NAMED AS A GUARDIAN. WHAT DO I DO?

    A guardian is an individual who cares for someone, often a minor child, who needs special protection. Parents can nominate a guardian in their will, but typically a court must confirm and officially appoint the guardian after both parents have passed away. Sometimes the need for a guardian arises when the parents are still alive.

    The Wilson Estate Planning Group

  • WILSON ESTATE PLANNING: SUMMER VACATION PLANS? PRECAUTIONS AND PREPARATIONS TO CONSIDER

    After months of near confinement in our homes, many are stir-crazy and eager to travel to a vacation destination. There are several precautions to consider and preparations to make as you plan your summer travels. Heed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The CDC has issued a number of recommendations for those traveling outside of

    The Wilson Estate Planning Group

  • ATG: CRASH COURSE IN TITLE INSURANCE

    Every day, we do little things to protect ourselves and our loved ones. From buckling up before driving to locking doors before going to bed, the smallest of actions can go a long way towards keeping safe. Insurance provides similar protection – it’s why we invest money in auto and health coverage each month. While

    Attorney's Title Group

  • Adoption Costs

    When a family considers adoption, one of the first problems they often encounter is the cost of adoption. The costs associated with adopting a child can be overwhelming; however, with proper planning and budgeting, the challenge of paying for an adoption can be met. The costs of adoption vary by the type of adoption being

    Keith Morrison

  • WILSON ESTATE PLANNING: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR DISABLED CHILD TURNS 18 AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFOREHAND

    When your child is under the age of 18, you, as their parent, can make most, if not all decisions, on their behalf. However, when your child turns 18, the law views them as an adult, and you no longer have the ability to control what and how decisions are made, or even receive relevant

    The Wilson Estate Planning Group

  • ATG: How Environmental Due Diligence Can Prevent Problems at Closing

    When you’re a party to a commercial real estate transaction, whether buying or selling, it’s crucial to perform environmental due diligence on the property. Properties can have any number of hidden environmental liabilities that can cost a fortune, devalue the property, or turn into a legal nightmare. What is environmental due diligence? Environmental due diligence

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  • Who Can Adopt?

    Any individual may be adopted. Adoptees can range from an infant being adopted straight from the hospital at birth all the way to an elderly individual being adopted in order to carry out their estate planning needs. While it is fairly simple to understand who can qualify as an adoptee, one of the more complex

    Keith Morrison

  • WILSON ESTATE PLANNING: PREPARING FOR THE WORST: ESTATE PLANNING AND COVID-19

    In uncertain times, planning for the future becomes more important than ever. As the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact the economy, our healthcare system, and the unemployment rate, now is the time to brace ourselves. It’s never easy to come to terms with our mortality, but the pandemic has spurred many Americans to get

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  • ATG: Common Causes of Property Disputes and How to Deal with Them

    That perfect dream home or promising investment property you’ve purchased can turn into a nightmare if a property dispute arises. Real estate disputes can cover a range of issues and have devastating consequences if not handled quickly and skillfully. Here are three common property disputes and what to do if you encounter them. 1. Boundary

    Attorney's Title Group

  • Stepparent Adoption

    Familial trends have greatly changed our concepts of what constitutes a “family” or even a “stepparent.” A stepparent is typically defined as a “person married to the legal parent of a child.” Stepparent adoption is where a person becomes the legal parent of their spouse’s child. It is often beneficial and relatively easy to adopt

    Keith Morrison

  • USFN Announces Wilson & Associates as a 2019 Diamond Award of Excellence Recipient

    LITTLE ROCK, AR (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2019) USFN, an industry trade organization representing America’s mortgage banking attorneys for over thirty years, is pleased to reveal its 2019 Diamond Award of Excellence recipients. Wilson & Associates was announced as a recipient in a private ceremony during the Association’s annual Member Education Retreat in November. “Each year

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  • MEDITATIVE APPROACH TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS AT THE WORKPLACE

    How often are we assigned a task that seems daunting or undoable? It is at those times that we take on high levels of stress and increase the likelihood of being forgetful and making more mistakes, thus affecting our overall productivity. The benefits of mindful meditation are well documented and are becoming a prominent part

    Bharti Moorjani

  • 2019 TENNESSEE BAR ASSOCIATION BANKRUPTCY FORUM

    The Tennessee Bar Association held its 16th annual Bankruptcy Forum from April 5th through 7th in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, located in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee.  This continuing education event offered an opportunity for bankruptcy practitioners to meet in a small group setting with local bankruptcy judges to discuss topical bankruptcy issues and to

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  • IMPROVING YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

    Teamwork really does make the dream work. That’s why so many businesses are investing heavily in results-based team-building, focused on emotional intelligence. Businesses understand that each member is vital to the productivity and value of their team, and working to foster an effective team relationship means better communication, fewer errors, and optimal business results. Today,

    Jillian Wilson

  • USFN ANNOUNCES WILSON & ASSOCIATES AS A 2018 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENT

    LITTLE ROCK (MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018) – USFN, an industry trade organization representing America’s mortgage banking attorneys for over thirty years, is pleased to reveal its 2018 Award of Excellence recipients. Wilson & Associates was announced as a recipient in a private ceremony during the Association’s annual Members-Only Retreat in November. Award of Excellence recipients

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  • STEADY OVERSIGHT NOT PERMISSION TO RELAX COMPLIANCE

    Last week, national news organizations reported on a conglomerate of New York debt collectors who purportedly engaged in “overbiffing,” the practice of fraudulently inflating the “balance in full,” or BIF, of consumer debt. Charges filed by the Federal Trade Commission allege the defendants engaged in a practice of providing consumers a “Balance Given” that was

    Robert M. Wilson, III

  • NEW LAW CHANGE WILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON VETERANS

    Since 1953, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs has provided a benefit for veterans or their surviving spouses that can be used to pay for home care, assisted living and nursing home costs. Many veterans did not know this benefit existed, and now the VA is changing the rules to make the benefit more

    Stan Miller

  • EFFICIENCIES AND QUALITY THROUGH AUTOMATION

    The Use of Technology Set in Motion In 1986, the firm’s original founder, Robert M. Wilson, Jr., had the foresight to recognize the positive impact that automation could make as he defined the firm’s case management system requirements. His vision consisted of a set of clearly defined steps within the process timeline, including the documents

    Rita Speas

  • LEADERSHIP, EMPOWERMENT, AND DEVELOPMENT: TOPICS OF FOCUS FOR WILSON’S LEAD COMMITTEE

    Leadership, Empowerment, and Development: Topics of Focus for Wilson’s LEAD Committee For decades, Wilson & Associates has developed and maintained a stellar reputation in our industry. This success is directly attributable to our leadership team and staff.  Our firm’s mission is to be the preeminent provider of legal and professional services.  To achieve this goal,

    Courtney McGahhey

  • ANNOUNCING WILSON + MILLER, PLLC: COMBINATION OF LEGAL INDUSTRY POWERHOUSES

    Announcing Wilson + Miller, PLLC: Combination of Legal Industry Powerhouses Jennifer Wilson-Harvey and Stan Miller are excited to announce the formation of Wilson + Miller, PLLC, an Estate and Elder Law firm which will ultimately provide services nationwide in a retail environment. The business support operations will be headquartered in Little Rock and will, over

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  • TENNESSEE: COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS ORAL PROMISE TO CONVERT CONSTRUCTION LOAN TO PERMANENT LOAN DOES NOT SATISFY STATUTE OF FRAUDS

    Tennessee: Court of Appeals Holds Oral Promise to Convert Construction Loan to Permanent Loan Does Not Satisfy Statute of Frauds There was a time when someone’s word and a firm handshake was as good as a contract. This particular case, in which the Tennessee Court of Appeals upholds that the promise or commitment by a

    Jerry Morgan

  • HOW TO ACCOMPLISH EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE TRAINING

    The internet is littered with information on how to create effective workplace training programs, so it’s very likely this isn’t the first article you’ve read on the topic. There are data-rich infographics that show you how to drastically reduce turnover, anecdotal articles that explain how you can skyrocket employee morale, promotional videos that excitedly demonstrate

    Brittany Sims & Nicole Murray

  • TENNESSEE: COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS PERSON ENTITLED TO REDEEM MUST HOLD INTEREST IN PROPERTY AT TIME OF TAX SALE

    In a result that opposes a case of the same Court and similar facts (City of Chattanooga v. Tax Year 2011 City Delinquent Real Estate Taxpayers), The Tennessee Court of Appeals has held that a person attempting to redeem property after a tax sale must have been an “interested party” at both the time of

    Jerry Morgan

  • TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT RULES ON ISSUE OF THEFT OF REAL PROPERTY

    On November 29, 2017, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that the state’s theft statute applies to real property in a high-profile, multimillion-dollar Memphis case against the holdover tenant Tabitha Gentry — aka Abka Re Bay. No. W2015-01745-SC-R11-CD, 2017 Tenn. LEXIS 733 (June 1, 2017). It was a case that began in August of 2011, but

    James Bergstrom

  • 5 WAYS PROSPECTIVE PARENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR ADOPTION

    Adoption is a wonderful way to expand your family and your life. As you begin this process, make it your goal to learn everything you can, develop relationships with trusted professionals on whom you can rely, and enjoy the adventure! One way to enhance the experience and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome is

    Keith Morrison

  • GOT DEBT OWED TO YOU? 4 QUICK TIPS FOR HELPING YOU RECOVER YOUR MONEY

    “Cash is king” is a well-known phrase used by many investors and business owners that refers to the importance of cash to the survival of any business. Unpaid invoices, past due accounts, and other debts owed to your business may not only interrupt your cash flow but may also jeopardize future success. Whether you are

    Robert M. Wilson, III

  • Strong Arm of the Law—Fitness at Work

    Socrates (if he actually existed, but I’m not going to open that Grecian urn of worms right now) once said, “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body

    Andrew Rindahl

  • WARNING ORDERS: IMPORTANCE OF RECENT ARKANSAS PRECEDENT

    Warning Orders: Importance of Recent Arkansas Precedent Arkansas Courts have recently reviewed cases regarding the sufficiency of constructive service by warning order. Service by warning order is governed by Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 4(f), which states: “If it appears by the affidavit of a party seeking judgment…, after diligent inquiry, the identity or whereabouts

    Jillian Wilson

  • NO RIGHT TO A SHORT SALE AFTER DEFAULT

    No Right to a Short Sale After Default A Review of Jorge A. Alfonso, et al. v. Linda V. Bailey, Executrix and Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert M. Bailey, et al. By Kate Lachowsky      Jorge A. Alfonso, et al. v. Linda V. Bailey, Executrix and Personal Representative of the Estate of

    Kate Lachowsky-Khan

  • BANKRUPTCY UPDATE NACTT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016

    BANKRUPTCY UPDATE NACTT Annual Conference 2016 by Joel W. Giddens Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C. USFN Member (AR, MS, TN) The National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) held its annual conference in Philadelphia this past July. Mortgage issues continued to be a hot topic at the conference, with several educational panels addressing them. There was

    Joel Giddens

  • SUCCESSFUL MENTORING: ACCESSIBILITY, COMMUNICATION, AND FEEDBACK

    SUCCESSFUL MENTORING: ACCESSIBILITY, COMMUNICATION, AND FEEDBACK      Mentoring programs are an important part to the growth of the legal community, but is often overlooked by practitioners. Law schools and bar associations have begun realizing the importance of mentoring programs, however some mentors commit but cannot follow-through. In order for the mentor relationship to succeed,

    Heather Martin-Herron

  • TENNESSEE: FORECLOSURE OF SUPERIOR DEED OF TRUST EXTINGUISHES SUBSEQUENT EASEMENT

    Tennessee: Foreclosure of Superior Deed of Trust Extinguishes Subsequent Easement Courtney McGahhey Miller The general rule in Tennessee regarding the foreclosure of a superior deed of trust is the purchaser at a foreclosure sale takes title divested of all encumbrances made subsequent to the foreclosed deed of trust. The Court of Appeals of Tennessee recently

    Courtney McGahhey

  • REVERSE MORTGAGE CONCERNS: OCCUPANCY DETERMINATION

    Reverse Mortgage Concerns: Occupancy Determination Posted By USFN, Monday, August 1, 2016 August 1, 2016 by Jillian H. Wilson Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C. USFN Member (Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee) The reverse mortgage is one of the more powerful financial tools available to seniors due to its ability to increase their monthly income at a dramatic rate.

    Jillian Wilson

  • THE GAO AND SIGTARP CALL FOR INCREASED REGULATION OF NON-BANK MORTGAGE SERVICERS

    THE GAO AND SIGTARP CALL FOR INCREASED REGULATION OF NON-BANK MORTGAGE SERVICERS Jennifer Wyse Recently, reports issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset relief Program (SIGTARP) recommended increased regulatory oversight of non-bank mortgage servicers as a response to their increased role in the

    Jennifer Wyse

  • TENNESSEE BANKRUPTCY PRACTICE: UNIFORM BANKRUPTCY CODE NOT SO UNIFORM IN CHAPTER 13 PRACTICE

    Tennessee Bankruptcy Practice: Uniform Bankruptcy Code Not So Uniform in Chapter 13 Practice By James Bergstrom and Joel Giddens Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C. USFN Member (Arkansas and Tennessee) It is said that experience is the best teacher. In the context of the bankruptcy law, this is especially true. Tennessee has three bankruptcy districts (Western, Middle

    James Bergstrom

  • ARKANSAS STATUTORY FORECLOSURES – AN ABUNDANCE OF NOTICE

    Arkansas Statutory Foreclosures – An Abundance of Notice By Courtney Miller Arkansas is one of many states that have a statutory foreclosure act, allowing lenders to foreclose without filing a lawsuit. Arkansas enacted its Statutory Foreclosure Act (“the Act”) in 1987 (Ark. Code Ann. §§ 18-50-101 (Supp. 2011). Arkansas also allows for judicial foreclosures, but

    Courtney McGahhey

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