We offer a minimal initial consultation. Our services include:
Wills and Trusts
We handle all matters related to personal injury claims, helping clients take all steps necessary to get full and fair compensation for their losses. We will be your liaison with insurance providers so that you don’t have to face unnecessary delay or denial. Our attorneys will prepare and file all necessary documents to pursue your claim in court, and we will act on your behalf in all hearings or proceedings, from depositions through trial.
We focus our personal injury practice on the needs of people who have suffered injuries in accidents such as:
Motor Vehicle Accidents – We represent clients who have been injured in truck accidents, car accidents, and other auto accidents.
Slip and Fall – We protect the rights of people who have suffered falling injuries, whether on slippery floors or sidewalks or as a result of broken steps, stairways or pavement.
Animal Attacks – We represent the victims of dog bites and other animal attacks.
We take claims involving all types of injuries, from sprains, strains and contusions to serious and catastrophic losses such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and amputation. We will help you pursue damages for all of your losses, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Truck Accident Cases
We represent drivers, passengers and pedestrians hurt in collisions with all types of commercial trucks. When you hire us to help you get full and fair compensation for your 18-wheeler or delivery truck injuries, we will conduct a full investigation of the facts and circumstances of your accident. We will interview all witnesses, carefully review police reports and visit the scene of the crash if necessary.
We will work closely with expert witnesses, including financial experts and accident reconstruction specialists, to help you get the damages you need. We are familiar with federal and Tennessee laws and regulations governing commercial trucking operations, and we know how to review and interpret driver and maintenance logs to demonstrate who is liable for your injuries.
Most commercial trucking companies have extensive insurance coverage to protect them in the event of accidents. When you file a claim, the insurance company will have a battery of attorneys working to minimize or defeat your claim. Put our team to work for you so that you can level the playing field.
We will help you seek compensation for all your losses, including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We handle cases involving all types of injuries sustained in truck accidents, from whiplash and other sprains or strains to serious and catastrophic losses, such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones and amputation.
Protecting Car Accident Injury Victims
We offer comprehensive representation to people who have been injured on the roadways in Tennessee because of the carelessness or negligence of other drivers. We handle claims involving all types of accidents, including:
We will prepare and file all necessary documentation to move your claim along, and we will advocate for you with insurance providers, their defense attorneys and the courts.
When you hire us to help you get the recovery you need after a car accident, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of you case. We will visit the scene of the accident, if necessary, and work with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, to prepare and present the strongest case for your financial recovery.
When you have been hurt in a car crash, your first course of action may be to contact your insurance carrier to file a claim for physical injury or property damage. Your insurer may have a vested interest in paying you as little as possible and may engage in delaying or denial tactics. We will be a strong advocate for you, helping you get the benefits to which you are entitled.
We protect the rights of men and women at all phases of family law matters, from initial filing through final resolution. We offer a wide range of family law services.
We work with men and women at any stage of no-fault or at-fault divorce in Tennessee. Whether you have just filed, are facing mediation or trial, or need counsel to address a post-judgment request for modification or enforcement, we can help you. We handle all matters related to or arising out of divorce, including;
Custody and Visitation
Marital Property Division
We understand that some courts have a tendency to give greater credence to the needs and wants of mothers in divorce proceedings. We are committed to also protecting fathers’ rights with respect to child custody, visitation and support.
We represent parties seeking divorce for any reason, including habitual drunkenness, inappropriate martial conduct, adultery and irreconcilable differences.
Because divorce proceedings can be complex, we have an extensive network of professionals to help us build and present the strongest case for our client, including forensic accountants, private investigators and computer experts.
Custody and Visitation Disputes
Once you have children, you always have a family, whether you are together as a couple or not. When circumstances lead to separation and divorce, you need to look at how potential solutions will affect your entire family. Not just in the present, but down the road in the future as well.
At Baxter & Baxter, PLLC, we will help you work out a put in place custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of your minor children while protecting your rights as a parent. Through Tennessee statutes have been passed which give a presumption for children spending as much time as possible with both parents, the reality is quite different, as many courts still promote the traditional approach of placing children with the mother.
When you hire our law office to help you resolve a custody or visitation disagreement, we will take a close look at the past relationships between your children and each parent. We know from experience that the courts prefer to maintain continuity and stability in children’s lives. We will also encourage you to foster the best relationship you can with your ex-spouse so that your children do not feel the need to take sides. We will help you understand the differences between joint decision making and sole decision making and work with you to determine which parenting arrangement is best for your family.
We understand that every situation is unique, and we will not push you to negotiate a settlement or take your case to trial. We will tailor our representation to help you get the results you seek with minimal expense.
Marital Property Division
Our office will work with you to effectively divide your marital debt and assets, including:
Real Property – such as your house, vacation home, condo or timeshare
Personal Property – including vehicles, boats, art, jewelry and electronics
Financial Accounts – from savings and checking accounts to insurance to investments such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds
Retirement Funds – including IRA’s, 401(K)s, pensions and deferred comprehension
Business Interests – such as shares in a family business or ownership of company assets, including royalties
When necessary, we will work with appraisers or other specialists to establish the fair market value of marital property.
We will also help you determine whether alimony is warranted and address such issues as IRS liabilities and payment of medical insurance premiums (including COBRA payments).
We have successfully represented clients with small and large martial estates, including many individuals in the country music business, including songwriters, producers and performers. We work closely with financial experts to settle high-value and complex marital estates.
Paternity / Legitimation Cases
Our office represents both mothers and fathers in paternity disputes, advising parties about steps that can be taken to establish or refute biological fatherhood, from voluntary acknowledgment to DNA testing.
Our office will work with you to make certain that all expenses related to your child are fairly shared, including birthing or other medical costs. If you are a father seeking to establish paternity, we will take the necessary action to ensure that you enjoy your right to co—parent the child while the paternity action is in process. We will also fight to make certain that you get to participate in important decisions affecting your child’s life, such as educational, medical and religious decisions.
Our office represents clients in all courts handling paternity matters, including juvenile, circuit and chancery courts.
Our attorneys handle all matters related to a wide range of adoption proceedings, including:
Foreign Adoptions – We will help you complete all the paperwork and obtain all necessary documentation to successfully finalize an adoption from a foreign country and obtain a Tennessee birth certificate.
Step-parent Adoptions – If you have remarried and want your new spouse to legally adopt your child, we can help you obtain a voluntary termination of parental rights or take the necessary legal action in court to allow the adoption to proceed.
Related Party Adoptions – In a related party adoption, you can waive the requirement of a home study, as well as the six-month waiting period. We will help you get the necessary terminations of parental rights if you are a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other relative seeking to adopt.
At Baxter & Baxter, PLLC, we are a husband / wife legal team with more than 40 years of combined legal experience. When you hire our office to help protect your rights as a father in a family law matter, you will always have access to two attorneys working on your behalf. We strive to provide quality representation with strict adherence to the highest standards of ethic and professionalism.
Though the Tennessee laws have changed to try to provide more equity between fathers and mothers in divorce and family law matters, the reality is that many dads still do not get the same opportunities as their ex-spouses. More often than not, minor children are placed with their mothers under the presumption that mothers have more nurturing capabilities. As a result, fathers get limited time with their children and have to try to build strong and meaningful relationships over a period of a couple days, every other week.
Our office is committed to protecting your legal rights as a father, whether you are at the beginning of the divorce process or your divorce is final and you need to modify or enforce an existing court order. We can help you pursue the outcome you want with regard to any aspect of divorce, including child custody, visitation and support. We will carefully review the facts and circumstances of your relationship with your children, helping the court understand that maintaining a strong, ongoing relationship will provide stability in your child’s life.
Our office knows how to negotiate arrangements that are in the best interests of your children but that also protect your rights as a father. We will be staunch advocates for shared custody and equal parenting time when doing so is right for your child.
Orders of Protection
Our office represents both accusers and the accused in orders of protection and related restraining orders hearings. Whether you seek a protective order or you need to defend against the imposition of one, our office can file all necessary documents, gather all relevant evidence, interview all potential witnesses and aggressively advocate for your position.
Our office has more than 40 years of combined legal experience. With an attorney on staff that has extensive experience as a former legal instructor and police office, we know how police gather evidence and the shortcuts they are inclined to take to make an arrest or pursue a conviction. Our office handles all matters related to criminal investigations and prosecutions, protecting our clients’ rights throughout the process. We represent clients charged with all types of felonies and misdemeanors, including:
Drunk Driving Charges – We know how to effectively challenge evidence in a DUI proceeding, from the validity of field sobriety tests to the legitimacy of traffic stops.
Drug Offenses – We defend people charges with possession, distribution, trafficking, manufacturing and cultivation of drugs. We take cases involving all types of substances, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, prescription drugs and bath salts.
Domestic Violence – We will represent either party in domestic violence proceedings, including both criminal proceedings and civil hearings on orders of protection.
Sex Offenses – We aggressively protect the rights of people charged with adult and child sex offenses, including sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, child pornography possession, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Our office understands the impact a conviction can have on your life and career. We frequently handle cases involving students from colleges and universities throughout Middle Tennessee. We also work with juveniles and their parents to minimize the consequences of juvenile delinquency accusations and criminal charges.
Simply being charged with DUI in Tennessee can have significant consequences. If you are actually convicted of the charge, you will face a minimum of 48 hours in jail, even for a first offense. Depending on the circumstances, as well as the effectiveness of counsel, the penalties can be far more severe.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony DUI, you have options. At Baxter & Baxter, PLLC, we will carefully investigate all the facts and circumstances of your case. Based on our findings, we may:
Challenge whether police had probable cause to make the traffic stop
Challenge whether law enforcement officers properly conducted the field sobriety tests
Request the exclusion of evidence, including statements you made, if evidence was improperly obtained
Seek to demonstrate that breath test results are unreliable
Seek to show that the inexperience of the police officer compromised your constitutional rights
Effective legal counsel is even more important if you are a repeat offender. A second DUI conviction will result in a minimum of 45 days in jail. Your third conviction for drunk driving brings a minimum sentence of 120 days. In every instance, you risk the loss of your license for a significant period of time. There are good defenses to a repeat DUI offense. Rely on our attorneys to help you pursue the outcome you want.
Drug Crimes Defense
Our office aggressively defends people charged with crimes involving all types of controlled substances, including:
Possession with the Intent to Sell
Manufacturing or Cultivation
Money Laundering of Drug Proceeds
At Baxter & Baxter, PLLC, we handle cases involving all types of illegal and restricted drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine (crystal meth), bath slats, and prescription drugs.
When you hire Baxter & Baxter, PLLC to defend you on drug charges, we will fully investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest, looking to determine whether police had probable cause to conduct any search or seizure. Did the police have a valid warrant? Did the police obtain the warrant based on information provided by a confidential informant? If the police discovered the controlled substances during a traffic stop, did they have probable cause to pull you over?
Our office will review all evidence to determine whether law enforcement officers followed the rules. Were you adequately warned of your constitutional rights? Did the police illegally listen in on your phone conversations? Did the police wrongfully obtain cell phone or test message records? Our office knows how to anticipate the strategies and tactics prosecutors will employ and now to get the results you want.
Disorderly Conduct Defense
If you are a college student and have been charges with a misdemeanor or felony, your whole future may be at stake. In addition to the criminal penalties, you could jeopardize your eligibility for student aid or face suspension from school. You want an experienced attorney to protect your rights – someone who has helped others in similar situations. Our office has the experience, skill and resources to get the job done for you.
We offer comprehensive representation to students at any of the colleges or universities in the greater Nashville area, including Vanderbilt, Belmont, Fisk, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Nazarene University, Austin Peay State University, Volunteer State Community College and Tennessee Technological University. We will be on your side throughout the process, from arraignment through trial, if necessary.
Our office handles the defense of all types of criminal charges faced by college students, including:
Assault and Battery
Our office understands that you may wish to keep potential criminal charges confidential – even from your parents. We will respect your rights as an adult and take all necessary action to protect your privacy.
In Tennessee, conviction on a domestic violence charge can lead to serious consequences. You may become subject to a protective order, limiting access to your children, and you may be permanently barred from owning or possessing a weapon. The conviction can stay on your permanent record, where it will be visible to potential employers. You want an experienced attorney to protect your rights – someone who has successfully defended others against similar charges.
Our office handles all matters related to or arising out of accusations of domestic assault from criminal proceedings to civil protective order hearings.
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your case. We will verify that law enforcement officers had probable cause to arrest you and investigate all possible defenses to your charges.
Our office represents both accusers and the accused in restraining order hearings. Whether you want to seek a protective order or you need to defend against the imposition of one, we will file all necessary documents, gather all relevant evidence, interview all potential witnesses and aggressively advocate for your position.
Sexual Assault Defense
Our attorneys aggressively defend people charges with all types of sex crimes, including:
Sexual Assault or Battery – including sexual battery by an authority figure such as a teacher, spiritual advisor, counselor or health care provider
Rape – from statutory rape (sex with someone under the legal age of consent) to date rape to aggravated rape
Child Pornography – the creation, sharing, sale, dissemination or distribution of child pornography
Sexual Exploitation of a Minor – including the solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes through the Internet
When you hire Baxter & Baxter, PLLC to defend you against a sex crime charge, our office will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances leading to your arrest. We will look carefully at how law enforcement officers gathered evidence against you, including their sources of information. If a search or seizure was conducted based on information from a witness, we will interview that person and take all other measures necessary to determine his or her credibility.
Attorney Danny J. Baxter has first-hand experience investigating sex crimes as a former lead investigator in three serial rapist cases in the 1990’s in Nashville. Our office has worked with doctors, psychiatrists, police officers and other experts, and we know how to gather and evaluate all critical evidence. We also work closely with private investigators that have considerable experience in sex crime cases.