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  • 1-Aug-2017

    I Didn't Ask to Be an Executor

    Whenever someone does an excellent job drafting a will, he or she will nominate at least one executor to handle their estate when they pass away. Sometimes, they will name one particular person, and they’ll provide for a second person to fill ...
  • 17-Jul-2017

    Don't Let a Divorce Derail Your Estate Plan

    Even for those couples who manage to have an amicable divorce, it is not easy. When a couple has been married for decades, it can be particularly difficult when it comes to life insurance, retirement plans, and estate plans. When Baby Boomers decide ...
  • 7-Jun-2017

    Can I Sell a House During Probate?

    Probate is the legal process where a will is validated, an executor or personal representative is appointed to administer an estate, debts are paid, and the remaining assets are passed on to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If you were appointed ...
  • 2-May-2017

    When It's Time to Update Your Estate Plan

    If you own a home, you know the importance in changing furnace filters, cleaning the carpets, cleaning the chimney, clearing out the rain gutters and mowing the lawn during the spring and summer. In order for your home to remain in tip-top shape, you ...
  • 17-Apr-2017

    Does Tennessee Have an Inheritance Tax?

    If your loved on recently passed away and you are a beneficiary to their estate, you probably have a lot of questions. How long is probate ? Will any of the decedent’s assets pass outside of probate? Does Tennessee still impose an inheritance ...
  • 20-Mar-2017

    Disinheriting a Spouse in Nashville, TN

    It is not uncommon for people to want to understand their spouse’s inheritance rights under Tennessee law, especially when couples are in a second marriage or when they’re recently married. If you want to know, “Can I disinherit my ...
  • 8-Feb-2017

    Assets That Pass Outside of a Tennessee Probate

    Some people are very familiar with the probate process, especially if they’ve dealt with it personally when a loved one passed away. Others on the other hand – are not familiar with probate at all. In fact, a lot of people have never ...
  • 23-Jan-2017

    Dying Without a Will in Tennessee

    Do you have children under the age of 18? Do you own your own home? Do you have a retirement account, such as an IRA or 401(k)? Or, do you have a significant savings? If your answer is “yes” to any one or more of these questions, you ...
  • 6-Dec-2016

    Do I Have to Accept the Job as Executor?

    When a loved one passes away and they left behind a valid will, they will have generally named someone they trust to administrate or otherwise “settle” the estate. This individual is called the “executor” or “personal ...
  • 16-Nov-2016

    Do Stepchildren Have Inheritance Rights?

    Since divorce has become more socially acceptable in the United States over the past 40 years, we have seen an explosion in blended families. Surely, you know plenty of people who are divorced and there is a very high chance that someone in your ...
  • 6-Oct-2016

    Missing Heirs in a Probate Case

    Generally, when someone passes away the probate process is rather straightforward. The probate court appoints a personal representative to administer the estate, then he or she pays off the estate’s debts and taxes and distributes the remaining ...
  • 26-Sep-2016

    Which Assets are Subject to Probate?

    Some people view probate as a complicated and detailed process as far as time is concerned, but it’s often necessary in order for certain assets to be distributed to a decedent’s heirs. Probate is a legal process where a will is ...
  • 24-Aug-2016

    Importance of Updating Beneficiary Designations

    With life being as unpredictable as it is, there is one thing that we can all count on – life is constantly changing. No matter how well you plan for life’s events, there is much that is out of your control. Things such as marriage, the ...
  • 14-Jul-2016

    Does Tennessee Have an Estate Tax?

    If you are preparing to create an estate plan, or if you are an executor of a Tennessee estate, you will be interested in knowing whether Tennessee has an estate or death tax. Tennessee used to impose an estate tax, but it was repealed in 2016. ...
  • 14-Jun-2016

    Conservatorship in Tennessee

    If you have a loved one who is unable to properly care for themselves and make important financial decisions due to advanced age or a disability, it may have come to the point where your loved one needs a conservator. “ Conservators ” are ...
  • 11-May-2016

    Do I Need a Probate Attorney?

    When a loved one passes away, the decedent’s financial affairs will need to be fully addressed and resolved, whether the decedent left behind a will or not. This process includes paying off the decedent’s debts and taxes, deciding what to ...
  • 11-Apr-2016

    Are My Stepchildren Entitled to My Estate?

    In today’s society, virtually everyone’s life has been affected by a divorce. Whether you’re a child of divorce, or your spouse was married before, or one of your siblings are divorced, there is a good chance that someone close to ...
  • 2-Mar-2016

    I Think I Have a Will Contest

    As an estate planning and probate attorney, I periodically get calls from people who want to contest the validity of a will. In response, I explain under which circumstances a will can be challenged. While most wills are legally valid and not subject ...
  • 15-Feb-2016

    Insolvent vs. Solvent Estates

    If your loved one has recently passed away, one of the first tasks will be to determine whether he or she left behind a solvent or an insolvent estate. What is the difference between these two types of estates? If the decedent passed away leaving an ...
  • 6-Jan-2016

    Can Parents Disinherit Children in Tennessee?

    Working in estate planning and probate law, I’ve seen firsthand that families can be complicated. Occasionally I am asked if a parent can disinherit their child under Tennessee law, and the answer is yes, a parent can disinherit their son or ...
  • 1-Dec-2015

    Overview of the 'Intestate' Estate

    When someone passes away in Tennessee, soon his or her loved ones will need to determine if the decedent died “testate” or “intestate,” that is if they don’t know already. Upon the death of a person, their assets, real ...
  • 4-Nov-2015

    Defining 'Breach of Fiduciary Duty'

    When it comes to wills, trusts, and probate, fiduciaries include executors or “personal representatives” and trustees. A fiduciary is someone who acts on behalf of another, and they are in a position of trust. If you have been appointed ...
  • 6-Oct-2015

    Should You Consider Conservatorship?

    The need for a conservatorship arises in a variety of settings. An adult may have been born with an intellectual disability, they may have suffered serious brain damage in a car wreck, they may be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, or they may ...
  • 1-Sep-2015

    Tennessee Inheritance & Estate Taxes

    Does Tennessee have death taxes? Yes, it has two types: an inheritance tax and an estate tax. The Tennessee inheritance tax is a tax on the privilege of receiving property transferred upon a decedent’s death. This law was established in favor ...
  • 3-Aug-2015

    Importance of Updating Beneficiary Designations

    Did you know that you could be making a big estate planning mistake without knowing of it? When people forget to update the beneficiary designations for their life insurance policies, employment-sponsored retirement accounts, IRAs, mutual funds and ...

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