This blog is made available by the lawyer or law firm publisher for educational purposes only as well as to provide general information and understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By using this blog, you understand that there is no attorney-client relationship between you and the blog publisher. This blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.
Every lawyer I know has heard that the word "shall" means something is mandatory. However, do you have a cite to support that statement? You do in Tennessee, to wit: Stubbs v. State, 393 S.W.2d 150, 154 (Tenn. 1965) (citing Louisville & N.R. Co. v. Hammer, 236 S.W.2d 971, 973 (Tenn. 1951)).