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Anthony M. Avery

Anthony M. Avery

Real Estate, Criminal Defense & Probate Matters
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  • Tennessee
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Longtime member of the Tennessee Bar, having practiced law in 66 of the 95 Counties in Tennessee. I am known for my expertise in Deeds, Titles and Boundary Disputes. In most Criminal matters prior to Trial, I conduct demanding Preliminary Hearings and present numerous Defenses including Motions To Suppress Evidence, and Discovery of the State's Witnesses and Evidence. Statutes of Limitations are always examined. And in Probate matters, Court Administration OR NOT is carefully examined prior to filing such. If Probate can be avoided, then other Title authorities and Property Transfer methods are pursued.

I am admitted to, and have actually practiced before, the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Tennessee Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the United States Tax Court.

Unlike most attorneys and title companies, I am capable of drafting precise Deeds and Easements with new Legal Descriptions from one or more Survey plats, with comprehensive Derivation of Title clauses and Habendum clauses. And my Practice often involves Title Searches, Boundary Line Disputes, Deeds of any type, and Quiet Title Actions. My Estate Planning Practice includes Wills, Future Interest Conveyances, Trusts, and Probate Administration. Additionally I prosecute Will Contests, Foreclosures, and Land Partition Suits. In Criminal Cases, my Clients do not hire me just to plead them Guilty to the original charges.

I am a Retired Field Artillery Officer with the TNARNG and USA. I executed Fire Missions with Cannons, MLRS Rockets & ATACMS Missiles. As a Targeting Officer, I directed the employment of Q-37 and Q-36 Weapon Locating Radars. And I was a Nuclear Weapon Officer for 155 mm and 8 inch Artillery in the 2nd Armored Division. As a QRF .50 BMG gunner in the Iraq War, I was awarded the Combat Action Badge.

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
J.D. (1987)
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The Citadel
B.A. (1981)
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Professional Experience
Anthony M. Avery, Attorney
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Targeting Officer, Radar Officer, Nuclear Weapons Technical Operations Evaluator, Artillery Survey Chief, Field Artillery Observer & Field Artillery Ammunition Officer
Field Artillery, United States Army & Tennessee Army National Guard
2nd Armored Division; 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Speaking Engagements
Handling Real Estate Transactions: Surveys, Legal Descriptions and Deed Requirements, Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Real Estate Law: Liens Against Real Property, Perfection and Enforcement, Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Real Estate Law: Tennessee Title Law (Deeds; Estates; Derivation of Title; Defects; Easements; Litigation), Knoxville, Tennessee
National Business Institute
Security Clearance
Defense Investigative Services
Notary Public At Large
Union County, Tennessee
Professional Associations
National Rifle Association
Member & Approved Firearm Counsel Referral
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State Bar of Tennessee  # 012925
Licensed Attorney
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
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United States Tax Court
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Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Eminent Domain, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
White Collar Crime
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Planning
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Landlord Rights
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Boundary/Title Disputes
  • Firearms
  • Title Insurance Claims
  • Curing Title Defects
  • Actions for Forced Partition Sale of Real Property
  • Removing Void Judgment Liens of record
  • Veteran's Disability
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I'm being sued for supposedly hitting a vehicle door when backing out. What do I do?
A: If you have insurance, notify them today of the wreck and claim. If no insurance, expect to lose your TNDL, and hire an attorney to represent you. When served, you might also file a Notice of Exempt Property if you are not rich, which should curtail the plaintiff's enthusiasm. An Answer will be required if in Circuit Court, not Sessions. Either way, prepare for trial. Witnesses would help.
Q. I am having trouble finding a lawyer to help with a commercial property damage claim/insurance company.
A: Hire an attorney file suit against all liable parties, such as driver, car owner, lessor, etc. If under $ 25K in damages, I would sue in Sessions to get to Court faster and cheaper. But you will probably have to try it twice that way. Owner may be judgment proof, so expect to recover from his insurance company ( which is not a defendant).
Q. How to I go about transferring a deed/title to a home into my name when it belongs to 8 others who don’t want it?
A: You have a serious title problem. Hire a competent KY attorney to determine heirship, draft an Affidavit of Heirship, and then draft a Deed from all the other heirs over to you. Many heirs will want to be paid for their interests. Do not pay taxes unless you own it. Otherwise prepare to bid at the Tax Sale, where you will need a KY attorney to advise you about how to get title from a tax sale.
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Anthony M. Avery, Attorney
The Walnut Building
706 Walnut Street, #304
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 637-3035