Community Legal Forums and Public Law Library Facility

The Bradley County Bar Association, in participation with the Bradley County Commission and the Cleveland/ Bradley County Library (“the County Library”), provides a legal research facility at the County Library where the public can research the law, obtain forms for legal needs and written court opinions on every aspect of the law. The County Library has two computers with access to Westlaw online research. It provides tutorials that explain how to access and obtain the research results desired. This area is set aside on the second floor of the County Library where print materials of reference law books are also housed.

The research area of the library was created as part of the Governmental Law Library Commission (GLLC), through an Act of the state legislature, where the GLLC is comprised of one member from the County Commissioners, one member from the Bradley County Bar Association, and one member from the County Library.  The current representative members of GLLC are Andrew Hunt (Library), Jeff Morelock (Commissioner), and attorney Jack Tapper (Bar Association).

Our Bar Association sponsors and produces, as a function of the GLLC, Community Legal Forums free and open to the public on legal topics of interest. These forums have been ongoing since 2010, and are presented at the County Library periodically, in the evenings at 7 pm,  announced in advance in the Cleveland Daily Banner, a major newpaper in Bradley County.

Some of the topics presented have been:

  • Homeowners’ Insurance Terms Explained: What’s Covered and What’s Not! You’d Be Surprised!
  • How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft and Internet, Phone, and Email Scams & How the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act CAN Work For You
  • What You Need to Know About Saving Mama’s Home, and Reverse Mortgages: Explained
  • What You Need to Know About Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, Visitation, Marital Property vs. Separate Property, And How the Court Decides These Issues
  • Debtors and Creditors: Your Rights and Remedies
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates, including Estate Planning and Do You Really Need a Revocable Living Trust?