Part 1 Uniform Law 30-3-101 – 30-3-114
Part 2 Conservators 30-3-201 – 30-3-210

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 30 > Chapter 3

  • absentee: is:
    • (1) Any person serving in or with the armed forces of the United States, in or with the Red Cross, in or with the merchant marines or otherwise, during any period of time when a state of hostilities exists between the United States and any other power and for one (1) year thereafter, who has been reported or listed as missing in action, interned in a neutral country, beleaguered, besieged or captured by the enemy. See Tennessee Code 30-3-201

    • Area of sales responsibility: means the geographical area, agreed to by the dealer and the manufacturer in the manufacturer/dealer agreement, within which area the dealer has the exclusive right to display and sell the manufacturer's new recreational vehicles of a particular line-make to the retail public. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
    • Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
    • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
    • Beneficiary: means any person, persons or institution receiving a retirement allowance or other benefit as provided in chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
    • Bicycle: means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, either of which is more than twenty inches (20?) in diameter. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
    • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
    • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
    • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
    • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
    • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
    • Dealer: means every person engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging vehicles of a type required to be registered and who has an established place of business for that purpose in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
    • Dealer: means any person, firm, corporation, or business entity licensed or required to be licensed under this chapter or chapter 17, part 4 of this title. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
    • Decedent: A deceased person.
    • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
    • Department: means the department of safety, the department of revenue and the county clerk's office when acting as an agent of these departments, or the duly authorized agents or contractors thereof, responsible to compile and maintain motor vehicle records. See Tennessee Code 55-25-103
    • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
    • Distributor: means any person, firm, corporation, or business entity that purchases new recreational vehicles for resale to dealers. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
    • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
    • Family member: means a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, sibling, niece, or nephew, or the spouse of such family member. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
    • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
    • Folding camping trailer: means a vehicle mounted on wheels and constructed with collapsible partial side walls that fold for towing by another vehicle and unfold at the campsite to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
    • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
    • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
    • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
    • Highway: means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way when any part thereto is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
    • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
    • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
    • Intestate: Dying without leaving a will.
    • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
    • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
    • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
    • Line-make: means a specific series of recreational vehicles that:

      • (A) Are identified by a common series trade name or trademark. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102

      • Manufacturer: means every person engaged in the business of constructing or assembling vehicles of a type required to be registered at an established place of business in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Manufacturer: means any person, firm, corporation, or business entity that engages in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
      • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Minor: has the meaning set forth in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
      • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
      • Motor home: means a motorized vehicle designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
      • Motor vehicle: means every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium speed vehicle that is self-propelled, excluding electric scooters, electric bicycles as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
      • Operator: means :

        • (A) For purposes of a conventionally operated vehicle, every person, other than a chauffeur, who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon a highway or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101

        • Owner: means a person who holds the legal title of a vehicle, or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof, with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then the conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
        • Person: means an individual, organization or entity, but does not include this state or an agency of this state. See Tennessee Code 55-25-103
        • Person: means a natural person, firm, copartnership, association, corporation, or an engaged ADS. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
        • Personal information: means information that identifies a person, including an individual's photograph, or computerized image, social security number, driver identification number, name, address excluding the five-digit zip code, telephone number, and medical or disability information, but does not include information on vehicular accidents, driving or equipment-related violations, and driver license or registration status. See Tennessee Code 55-25-103
        • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • Personal representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
        • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
        • Probate: Proving a will
        • Probate court: means the court having jurisdiction over the administration of the estates of decedents. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • Retirement: means withdrawal from membership with a retirement allowance granted under chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
        • Subscription: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        • Supplier: means any person, firm, corporation, or business entity that engages in the manufacturing of recreational vehicle parts, accessories, or components. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
        • Trailer: means every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
        • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
        • Transient customer: means a customer who is temporarily traveling through a dealer's area of sales responsibility. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
        • Travel trailer: means a vehicle, mounted on wheels, designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use of such size and weight as to not require a special highway movement permit when towed by a motorized vehicle. See Tennessee Code 55-28-102
        • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
        • Vehicle: means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
        • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.