Part 1 Odd Fellows 48-102-101 – 48-102-108
Part 2 Freemasons 48-102-201 – 48-102-203
Part 3 Knights of Pythias 48-102-301 – 48-102-303
Part 4 Veterans’ Organizations 48-102-401 – 48-102-405

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 48 > Chapter 102 - Fraternal and Patriotic Organizations

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • Bylaws: means the code or codes of rules (other than the charter) adopted pursuant to Chapters 51 68 of this title for the regulation or management of the affairs of the corporation irrespective of the name or names by which such rules are designated. See Tennessee Code 48-51-201
  • Charter: includes amended and restated charters and articles of merger. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • 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.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Interest: means either or both of the following rights under the organic law of an unincorporated entity:

    1. The right to receive distributions from the entity either in the ordinary course or upon liquidation. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
    2. Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
    3. Member: means a person reflected in the required records of an LLC as the owner of some governance rights of a membership interest of the LLC. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
    4. Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
    5. Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    6. Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
    7. Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    8. Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    9. Secretary: means the corporate officer to whom the bylaws or the board of directors has delegated responsibility under §. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
    10. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    11. Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
    12. Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
    13. Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
    14. United States: includes district, authority, bureau, commission, department, and any other agency of the United States. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
    15. Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
    16. written: means any information in the form of a document. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201