• 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

  • WILSON WELCOMES ATTORNEY KATHLEEN MCDONALD AS DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION

    LITTLE ROCK (October 30, 2018) – Wilson & Associates is excited to announce the opening of their Immigration Department, which will be led by Kathleen McDonald. McDonald was the former managing partner of the Beacon Legal Group, a law firm in Little Rock focusing on immigration, cyber law, intellectual property, and personal injury. A native

    Wilson & Associates

  • 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 Miller

  • 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

    Wilson & Associates

  • 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 PROPSPECTIVE 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 Miller

  • 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 PRACTIVE: 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 Miller

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