2010 Tennessee Code
Title 29 - Remedies And Special Proceedings
Chapter 34 - Torts
Part 1 - GenerallyPrivity
29-34-105 - Settlements on behalf of minors.

29-34-105. Settlements on behalf of minors.

(a)  Notwithstanding any other law or rule to the contrary, a judge or chancellor may sign an order approving any tort claim settlement involving a minor that is less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) by relying on affidavits from the legal guardian. The court shall conduct a chambers hearing at which the minor and legal guardian are present to approve any tort claim settlement involving a minor that is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more.

(b)  Such affidavit as described in subsection (a) shall contain the following:

     (1)  Description of the tort;

     (2)  Description of the injuries to the minor involved;

     (3)  Statement that the affiant is the legal guardian;

     (4)  Amount of the settlement;

     (5)  Statement that it is in the best interest of the minor to settle the claim in the approved amount; and

     (6)  Statement of what the legal guardian intends to do with the settlement proceeds until the minor reaches the age of eighteen (18).

(c)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to structured settlements.

(d)  In the order approving any tort claim settlement authorized by this section, the court shall have the discretion to determine whether the settlement proceeds are to be paid to the minor's legal guardian or held in trust by the court until the appropriate time.

[Acts 2004, ch. 701, § 1.]  

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