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Thursday, 16 February 2017
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I recently saw this post on Facebook and I wanted to share it. This is something as attorneys we see too often and I thought it a worthwhile reminder...

"I cannot stress enough, how important it is to have the conversation with your family about your final wishes. Have a will in place, organize your financial documents for your loved ones, write down simple wishes such as items to be given to specific members of the family or just details of your funeral wishes. As times, situations change, keep these documents updated. It's such an extremely stressful time for everyone and even more so when some of these items are left unsaid. It's very hard to take emotions out of the situation when there are so many emotional details to attend to after someone's passing. This has been the hardest past two weeks of my life; last night and today just topped it off... but I'm sure there are more to come. I'll get through them one step at a time.

Please, I beg you; friends and family - have that difficult conversation. You and your loved ones will be grateful that you did"

We are all procrastinators to some degree.  Some of us may put small matters off for a few extra days, like grocery shopping or mowing the lawn, while others go by the old saying, why do today what I can put off till next year.  This is fun to joke about; however, when it comes to the legal consequences of procrastination, it can be devastating.  

In our law firm we see so many lives changed forever by someone’s procrastination.  We hear on a daily basis, “if dad, mom, a spouse, or a business partner, etc., would not have put this off then we would not be in this horrible predicament.  It is so true in almost any area of the law.  People love to put off making a Last Will and Testament, signing a Power of Attorney, having important business documents drafted, or pursuing a case where someone has legally wronged them.  

Legal procrastination can cause family members unbelievable amounts of additional stress and expense in a very challenging time of their lives.   It is not uncommon to see people inadvertently left out of an inheritance or see families fighting after a loved one’s death that could have been avoided if it were not for the procrastination of the deceased.  Also, we see people forced to get conservatorships and guardianships in the court room - something that may have been avoided by the more timely hiring of an attorney.  Almost daily, we see what would be valid legal claims that are barred by the statute of limitations because the individual did not seek an attorney in time.  When it comes to washing your car or getting a haircut, please feel free to procrastinate, but for important legal matters please contact an attorney today and take the appropriate legal steps to Secure Your Peace of Mind and protect your family.

How Do I Get Prepared?

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY  or CALL US: 615.444.2345

Keep in mind…this service can also be taken advantage of by real estate agents, lenders, and other vendors who are all valuable parts of the closing process.

We look forward to securing your peace of mind in new ways!

 


 

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Posted on 02/16/2017 9:25 AM by Jonathan Tinsley
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Thursday, 26 January 2017
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We are pleased to announce that for all our clients closing on their real estate purchase or sale with Tressler Title, we are now offering an assessment of your Estate Documents at the same time, with an attorney from Tressler & Associates, PLLC,  for a low flat fee.

Closing on a property is often an important time to amend your existing estate documents. For those without any existing documents it is a great time to handle it as you can sign both documents in one visit to our office!

What Will You Get?

An Attorney at Tressler & Associates, PLLC, will first review your Buyer or Seller’s estate documents during the course of their closing with Tressler Title. Then the attorney will schedule a phone call with your Buyer or Seller to discuss any updates that may be needed or desired, especially in light of the closing.  If new or amended documents are needed, they can be signed at closing! That’s right, close on real estate and update (or create) estate documents all at once.

What Does It Cost?

The cost for a review and phone call with an attorney is $250.00, however, if additional documents or amendments are needed, the $250.00 fee will be applied towards the total cost of the documents.  All fees for this service can usually be paid through the closing itself.

How Do I Get Started?

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY  or CALL US: 615.444.2345

Keep in mind…this service can also be taken advantage of by real estate agents, lenders, and other vendors who are all valuable parts of the closing process.

We look forward to securing your peace of mind in new ways!

 


 

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Posted on 01/26/2017 3:10 PM by Erika Piland
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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I would like to share with the community the Brooks House in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Brooks House opened in 2008 as a transitional, non-emergency shelter to help families in need. BH has the capacity to house up to 28 women and children to receive temporary shelter. Some of the services BH provides are:

  • Educational Services
  • Career Advancement & Employment Services
  • Medical Services
  • Dental Services
  • Financial Counseling
  • Legal Counseling
  • Spiritual Support & Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Brooks House residents also have the opportunity to participate in various community activities provided by businesses and churches in the area.

Please visit their website at www.brookshouse.org

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Posted on 12/23/2016 2:50 PM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 22 December 2016
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During this season of giving and celebration of the birth of Christ, I encourage everyone to get involved with your local church. Many area churches have many outreaches in the community, many of which are run by volunteers and there is always a need for more people to get involved.
 
I know of a number of congregations here in Lebanon that operate a number of programs that support the community from after school tutoring programs, food pantries to  homeless ministries serving those needing a warm place to stay in these frigid Winter months.
 
So take a moment and visit your church's website or speak with your pastor or other church leaders to find out how you can support the outreach programs that serve so many in our communities.
 
Learn more about a great locacl church here in Lebanon: www.newhopecpchurch.com
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Posted on 12/22/2016 1:12 PM by Todd Tressler
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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Cerebral Palsy is something I am familiar with as I have a brother with Cerebral Palsy and know first hand the challenges this condition presents. By the Grace of God, my awesome brother's strength, many Blessings and incredible parents, we never had to ask for any assistance. Unfortunately that is not the case with many who have loved ones with this condition. I choose this organization because I know first hand from people my family knows through social interactions with others dealing with CP that the United Cerebral Palsy Association truly does support them in many ways including financially and providing education and advocacy in support of all involved with CP.
 
Please visit their website and find an affiliate near you or ways to get involved.  http://ucp.org/

- Connie Carden

 

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Posted on 12/21/2016 1:14 PM by Todd Tressler
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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Every year about 175,000 cases of cancer will be diagnosed in children around the world and the majority of children will not have access to adequate diagnosis and treatment. 

 
This could easily happen in any one of our own families.
 
They majority of all funding received by St. Jude is from generous donors. The families of the children being treated here will never recieve a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. Now that is helping someone in their time of need!
 
You can help out too! Go here to Learn More & Make a Donation: St Jude Children's Hospital
 
*statisics were retreived from https://www.stjude.org/
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Posted on 12/20/2016 2:44 PM by Todd Tressler
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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I learned of 'NICE' when I heard the story of the Founder and President Dr. Gatluak Thach. 'Gat' as he is known by many is a former refugee himself from Sudan in what was known as the Lost Boys.
 
From their humble beginnings Gat and his team of paid staff and dedicated volunteers NICE offers various programs for immigrants and refugees in Middle Tennessee such as youth leadership programs and after school programs, adult education classes, citizenship support and direct relationships with schools and individuals who work with immigrants.
 
In this season of gratitude I am so happy to spend time with my friends and family and cannot imagine who hard it would be to be so far away from everything and everyone I know like the families NICE serves, often with little more than the clothes on their back. I encourage you to visit their website, or learn more about programs in your city reaching out to those who are new to our country.
 
Learn More and Donate to the Nashville International Center for Empowerment:  www.empowernashville.org
 
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Posted on 12/19/2016 3:13 PM by Todd Tressler
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Friday, 16 December 2016
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One of the most rewarding aspects of the work we do at Tressler and Associates is the opportunity to learn about and work with individuals, businesses and organizations right here in our community.
 
One that is near and dear to my heart is Empower Me Center. Many know about the incredible day camp Empower Me offers individuals and families of those with special needs each summer, but that is just the beginning of the services they provide. I encourage anyone who reads this to visit their website and learn about the "DREAM" of Empower Me: D- day camp, R- recreational, E- educational, A- adult, M- multi-living and join me in supporting the work they do.

As we celebrate this season of giving, I cannot think of a more giving group of people and an organization that better demonstrates what that means than Empower Me.

To Learn More and Donate to this cause - Click Here - Empower Me Center

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Posted on 12/16/2016 1:29 PM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 15 December 2016
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I would like to spotlight an organization called Campfire. It is a Christian youth camp to help empower youth with the spiritual tools to overcome some of the many obstacles and challenges that they will encounter in our ever changing World. What started as a dream of  Kelley Johnson, founder of Campfire has become reality right here in our own backyard. To learn more about this incredible ministry please visit their website at www.wearecampfire.org - Sherri McDonald

 

 

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Posted on 12/15/2016 3:48 PM by Todd Tressler
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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Based in Rutherford County, Read to Succeed provides adult literacy and family literacy programs that address the basic literacy needs of those who struggle with reading. In Tennessee, 1 in 8 adults struggle to read which equals to be about 838,500 Tennesseans. Being a volunteer in this organization has allowed me to see firsthand the struggle and the triumph of those who seek to improve literacy skills for their personal and professional goals. When the tutors and volunteers work directly with the learners and families, they soon realize that not only are they helping to improve readings skills, but they also help boost the confidence and motivation in their learners. 

In 2015 alone, Read To Succeed and their volunteers provided 2,200 hours of free one-on-one adult tutoring, over 21,000 hours of English as a Second Language instruction, 3,000 meals to families at Family Literacy events, read to over 30,000 children, and gave away over 8,400 books to families who wanted to improve literacy in their homes!
I love seeing this organization instill the love of reading and learning back into the community!
 
Learn More and Make a Donation:  www.readtosucceed.org
 

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Posted on 12/14/2016 3:41 PM by Todd Tressler
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016
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"The music and news we listen to can have a huge impact on our day.  I am so thankful for "positive and encouraging" options on the radio in the car, at work, and at home. K-Love is one of my favorite radio stations that is listener-supported and is only on the air because of donations from people that have been blessed by tuning into the Good News. It gives me peace knowing my daughter can listen too without fear of hearing anything inappropriate - and it is such a joy to hear her singing her heart out in the backseat!  Their local station is on 97.1 fm and their website is www.klove.com."  Patty Galaway

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Posted on 12/13/2016 2:28 PM by Todd Tressler
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Monday, 12 December 2016
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I have chosen to donate to the Feeding Tree at my church, Woodmont Baptist Church. The Feeding Tree is a 30 foot, 20 ton stack of canned food that is made in the shape of and decorated like a Christmas tree. The cans are all donated to the church and are used to feed those in need in the greater Nashville area. For more information and to learn how to contribute to this effort please visit the link below.

www.woodmontbaptist.com/feedingtree

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Posted on 12/12/2016 4:31 PM by Todd Tressler
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Friday, 09 December 2016
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"Room in the Inn is a generous organization that serves more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year. For example, at this point in the year, they are busy finding places for people to have a warm meal and a place to sleep on cold nights. But beyond providing the necessities for people, they provide invaluable training. They supply training and resources to obtain jobs and become self-sufficient. They provide spiritual and emotional help, as well. I have volunteered with Room in the Inn and met several men who participate in the programs offered.  It is obvious that those men are immensely grateful for the way the program has helped them. Room in the Inn is changing lives.  The Nashville location has already served as a model for at least 24 other programs across the U.S. and Canada.  I would love to see their work continue to expand." Donate To Room In The Inn" Erika Piland

To read more about our 12 Days of Giving at Tressler & Associates Click Here

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Posted on 12/09/2016 2:59 PM by Erika Piland
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Thursday, 08 December 2016
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"Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee is a 501 c (3) Wish Granting organization founded in 2013.  We grant wishes to kids that have relapsed from cancer and wishes to young adults 18-21 that are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We've currently granted 20 wishes since inception and have an additional 27 kids approved and on the list waiting for their wish.  

The reasons I choose to support this organization include: it's a state organization--so, I know the communities that the recipients live in; and I believe that it helps empower the children and young adults that are facing these diagnosis', a positive outlook is exactly what they need! " - Melissa Eddy
 
To Learn more and donate to this worthy cause visit their website: www.dreamsandwishesoftn.org
 

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Posted on 12/08/2016 3:27 PM by Todd Tressler
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Wednesday, 07 December 2016
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The holiday countdown has begun and the season of giving is upon us! We will be continuing our annual tradition of giving back with our campaign: 12 Days of Giving 2016!

It has been another wonderful year for the Tressler & Associates team. We feel blessed beyond measure and we are extremely grateful for our friends, families, and clients who have made our success possible. We are donating to several organizations that our team members hold near and dear to their hearts. Each day a member of our team will share the organization they have selected as a recipient of our "12 Days of Giving" along with their reason why. It is our hope, that along with these donations, we can bring more awareness to these organizations that help make our communities merry and bright throughout the year.

If you would like to join us in donating to any of these worthy causes there will be links on each post. Please feel free to share these posts with your friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word.

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Posted on 12/07/2016 11:08 AM by Todd Tressler
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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Regularly I work with clients who own real estate in Tennessee and another state.  This is a very important fact that you want to make sure your estate planning attorney knows.  "Out of state real estate" includes everything from that beach mansion in California to a small, empty plot of land in the Mid-West.  Did you know that without proper planning, your heirs will have to do a probate proceeding in Tennessee and that other state?  Real estate outside of Tennessee cannot be transferred through Tennessee probate proceedings.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to prevent this hassle.  The most common way that this is avoided is by placing the property in a Trust.  Through the use of even a simple Trust, your family can usually avoid this (depending on the laws of the other state involved).  At Tressler & Associates, PLLC, we can build the Trust that suits your needs and draft the deed necessary to place your Tennessee real estate into that Trust. Then, we will work with attorneys in the other state to transfer the rest of your real estate into the Trust.  As simple as this process is, it is rarely done and unfortunately that can leave your heirs with a mess on their hands.

Even if you do not currently own a piece of real estate outside of Tennessee, but plan to in the future, this is a technique that can often be started in advance of the purchase.  We can build the Trust so that it is ready to receive that second piece of real estate whenever you make the purchase.

One of our goals is to make the transition of assets to your heirs as seamless as possible.  Contact us to discuss how we might be able to do that for you.

Contact Us

If have a question or concern please contact us about any communication you have received asking for payment. Or any other legal matter feel free to email us or call.

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY  or CALL US: 615.444.2345

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Posted on 11/16/2016 9:09 AM by Erika Piland
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016
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We do quite a few title searches every day in our office.  In its most basic form, a title search on real estate means that we search all applicable public records to determine what has been publically filed regarding a piece of real estate.  Quite often there is some type of lien against the property that comes up.  Usually, this lien is simply the seller's mortgage, however, that is not always the case.  It is never fun to make a surprise a seller with news that there is a lien filed against him, which will need to be released prior to closing on the sale. 

So what do you do if you get one of these calls? First of all, don't panic.  It's quite possible that the lien is not yours if you were not aware of it.  For example, a court judgment could be issued against someone with a name similar to yours.  These judgments are then recorded and will show up on our title search.  For example, if there has been a judgment for $5,000.00 declared against a woman named "Stacy S. Smith" in your county and your name is "Stacy M. Smith," this will probably show up on our title search because it is possible that this is the same person.  We will simply compare your social security number to that of the true defendant to clear you of that lien.  Thankfully, this is often the end of that unexpected lien for a seller.  

If the lien does belong to you, there are several routes.  First of all, there is a small possibility that the lien has expired.  Depending on the type of lien, it must be renewed or re-recorded every so often.  If it is not re-recorded in a timely manner, the lien does not apply to your real estate.  If it has not expired, you will probably have two options: 1) pay the lien (we can obtain the payoff for you from the creditor) or 2) hire us to negotiate the lien on your behalf.  Negotiating a lien, especially an old lien, can sometimes decrease the amount you would have to pay for the creditor to release the lien.   If the lien is valid and yours, it will need to be released by the creditor before we can close.

No matter what pops up on your title search, we are here to help guide you and make your closing as smooth as possible. 

Contact Us

If have a question or concern please contact us about any communication you have received asking for payment. Or any other legal matter feel free to email us or call.

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY  or CALL US: 615.444.2345

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Posted on 09/13/2016 3:46 PM by Erika Piland
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Thursday, 09 June 2016
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On September 29th, 2000, a young man from the Nashville community that was loved by many, passed away in a tragic accident on Tim's Ford Lake. Christopher Douglas Dowdle was a graduate of Brentwood Academy, and was well on his way to a degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Since his unexpected death, friends and family have come together to put a golf tournament together annually so that they can keep his memory alive and share the special moments that were spent with Chris. The funds raised from this tournament are allocated to both Brentwood Academy and The University of Tennessee in the form of a scholarship for prospective students at each institution.

As active board members of the annual Strokes and Streams Invitational held at the prominent Brentwood County Club, myself, Todd A. Tressler, II, and a great friend of mine, Austin Kemp, are leading our yearly effort to obtain tournament sponsorship.

Sincerely,

Todd A. Tressler, Junior Board Member
615-330-6634
todd@tresslerassociates.com

To Make A Donation or Take Part in the Benefit DOWNLOAD INVITATION & SPONSORSHIP FORM

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Posted on 06/09/2016 3:16 PM by Todd Tressler
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Thursday, 28 April 2016
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Unfortunately, phishing scams have become common place.  Most email users are rightfully leery of an email pertaining to wiring information.  However, in the rush of a closing, it is possible to fall prey to one recent scam.

Warning!

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors have both issued warnings regarding the recent email and wire transfer scam concerning closing costs.  In the course of a normal transaction, a buyer will often wire his or her funds to us prior to closing and we will disburse the funds according to the needs of the transaction. 

In this particular scam, hackers pose as real estate agents, title company representatives, or another professional and send an email to the buyer stating that there has been a "last minute change" to the wiring information and the funds are to be sent to a different account.  Because "last minute changes" can be common place in a closing, some buyers will not question this change and send the funds (sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars) straight into the account of the hacker.

Anytime you receiving wiring instructions from us or any other company, please feel free to call and confirm those instructions.  You can also call to confirm that we have received the wire after it has been sent.  We want to be sure that your closing runs smoothly and the funds are transferred to the appropriate parties and out of the hands of scammers.

Contact Us

If have a question or concern please contact us about any communication you have received asking for payment. Or any other legal matter feel free to email us or call.

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY  or CALL US: 615.444.2345

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Posted on 04/28/2016 8:43 AM by Erika Piland
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
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Join Us For Our 4th Annual Crawfish Boil!



On Saturday, May 7th we will be throwing our 4th Annual Crawfish Boil and we would love to have you join us! Our yearly cajun affair is an event that allows us to say THANK YOU to our clients, partners and friends! We'd like to show our appreciation for all of your business and support over that past 6+ years that has contributed to our success!

When: Saturday May 7th - Rain or Shine! (We have tents.)
What Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: Our Lebanon Office - Click Here for Directions
Food: Crawfish, Cajun Food and BBQ
Beverages: We will have Sweet Tea & Beer

We have live music from The Roadhouse Roosters for your enjoyment, activities for the kiddos and a hefty helping of merriment!
 
As they say down in Cajun Land - "laissez les bons temps rouler!" - LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! We can't wait to see you!

Please RSVP here: event@tresslerassociates.com


Shuttle Service

Shuttle service will be available from the Music City Center, Downtown Nashville.  RSVP to event@tresslerassociates.com to reserve your seats.  Seats are limited, so reserve early.  

1st shuttle departing Nashville at 2 p.m.
2nd shuttle departing Nashville at 3:30 p.m.
 
1st return shuttle departing Lebanon at 4:15 p.m.
2nd return shuttle departing Lebanon at 5:45 p.m.

Hotel

Mention the Tressler Crawfish Boil to receive the discounted rate of $55/night.

La Quinta Inn
Sarah Mehaffey
140 Dixie Avenue
Lebanon, TN 37090
D-615-470-1001
 

Questions?
If you have any questions at all please let us know. Call 615-444-2345 or Email Us: event@tresslerassociates.com

 
 

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Posted on 04/19/2016 9:03 AM by Todd Tressler
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