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  • 18-Jul-2019

    Intestate Succession in Tennessee

    When someone dies without a will, the state’s “ intestate succession ” laws go into effect, thereby distributing a decedent’s assets according to state law. But what is “intestate succession” and what does it mean? ...
  • 12-Jun-2019

    4 Common Title Problems

    When it comes to real estate transactions, buyers must be aware that all homes have a history. Title searches can uncover what are called “ title defects,” which can cause serious problems for buyers. So, what are the common title issues ...
  • 15-May-2019

    When is Probate Necessary?

    If you’re not familiar with probate, it is a court-supervised process that may be legally required after someone passes away, especially when the person has assets. Once a probate case is opened, someone, such as the decedent’s surviving ...
  • 8-Apr-2019

    Common Challenges with Home Buying

    Buying a home, especially for the first time can be an exciting experience. Finally, you won’t have a landlord to answer to, you can let your dogs run free in the house without worrying about the consequences, and you can look forward to paying ...
  • 4-Mar-2019

    Why Your Sweetheart Will May Not Be Enough

    At my firm, I meet with a lot of couples who drafted a Last Will & Testament when they were younger. Those wills may have been completely appropriate at the time they were executed, but now they’re outdated. Such wills, commonly referred to ...
  • 12-Feb-2019

    Estate Planning for Singles

    I have written many articles over the years offering advice on estate planning, many of which were seemingly directed toward married individuals, though that was not the intention. Estate planning is just as important to the single individual as it ...
  • 14-Jan-2019

    Why Winter May Be the Best Time to Buy a Fixer-Upper

    Do you have your heart set on buying a fixer-upper in the not too distant future? If so, you may want to pull the trigger during the wintertime! In reality, few people buy homes during the winter. During the cold winter months and the holidays, home ...
  • 3-Dec-2018

    Grandparents Seeking Guardianship in Tennessee

    Are you a grandparent who is seeking legal custody or guardianship of your grandchild? If so, this post is intended to give you a brief overview of what those entail. If you are given legal custody of your grandchild, he or she will live with you and ...
  • 5-Nov-2018

    Creating an Estate Plan When You're Elderly or Ill

    Not everyone runs to an estate planning attorney’s office to draw up their estate planning documents, but everyone should. The problem is it can be hard for some people to think about dying or what will happen to their loved ones after their ...
  • 4-Oct-2018

    FAQs About Probate in Nashville

    When clients come to my firm, a lot of times it’s their first experience with probate. They don’t know much about it and sometimes, they don’t know anything at all. If your loved one died and you were surprised to learn that their ...
  • 5-Sep-2018

    Avoiding Probate with a Revocable Living Trust

    Even if you’re only slightly familiar with “ estate planning,” you’ve almost certainly heard about wills and revocable living trusts. You may not however, understand the differences between a will and a trust or the full ...
  • 8-Aug-2018

    4 Reasons Why Beneficiaries Are Important

    Where you’re standing right now, you probably have a number of accounts with beneficiary designations. But, when was the last time you took a fresh look at those beneficiaries? If you hurriedly scribbled down your spouse or children decades ...
  • 17-Jul-2018

    Admitting a Will to Probate

    In Tennessee, if you are at least eighteen and of sound mind, you can create a will as long as you create the will in accordance with state law. In order for a will to be authenticated, it must be proven to the court that it was created per the ...
  • 13-Jun-2018

    Estate Planning: Not Just for the Wealthy

    A lot of people mistakenly believe that estate planning is only for millionaires and billionaires. The truth is that everyone should have a basic estate plan, regardless of their income or assets. When you have an estate plan, it minimizes the ...
  • 9-May-2018

    What Are My Responsibilities as a Renter?

    Renting is quite different than home ownership because renters are not usually responsible for home repairs. For example, if a roof is leaking, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to repair the leak. Or, if there are tree roots clogging ...
  • 6-Apr-2018

    "What do I bring to my first meeting with the attorney?"

    I get this question all the time. The answer depends on how quickly you are going to want to get filed. Of course, it never hurts to bring everything your attorney will need to get your documents completed. The more documents you have, the better ...
  • 5-Apr-2018

    What is a Deathbed Will?

    When someone is facing imminent death, he or she may decide to draft a will, or tear up their old will and sign a new one – this is often referred to as a “deathbed will.” Unfortunately, when someone is weeks, days, or even hours ...
  • 6-Mar-2018

    Should Digital Assets Be in Your Estate Plan?

    What’s going to happen to your social media accounts when you pass away? Your Facebook? Your LinkedIn? Your Instagram? What about all the songs you downloaded and paid for from Pandora, Amazon Music or iTunes? If you’re like most people, ...
  • 6-Feb-2018

    Shielding Yourself from Lawsuits

    As you’re probably well-aware, we live in a sue happy society, one where people seem to turn to seek damages at every turn. In the United States, millions of civil cases are filed every year in our courts. For certain professionals and license ...
  • 9-Jan-2018

    Best Way to Revoke a Will

    In life, the one thing that is a constant beyond death and taxes is change. So, if you created a will and now it no longer reflects your wishes, please know that it’s perfectly normal for people to draft more than one will within their ...
  • 7-Dec-2017

    Why Would I Want a Living Trust?

    Over the years, I’ve heard quite a few people say, “I already have a will. Why would I need a living trust ?” If you were wondering the same thing, believe it or not, a will may not be the best estate planning tool for you and your ...
  • 2-Nov-2017

    Are Inherited IRAs Shielded from Creditors?

    In June 2014, the Supreme Court reached a landmark decision in Clark v. Rameker. In the case, the Supreme Court ruled that inherited IRAs do not count as protected retirement funds. In effect, inherited IRAs can be used to satisfy creditors’ ...
  • 11-Oct-2017

    About Inherited Retirement Accounts

    Most of my clients have a 401(k), an IRA or a pension; therefore, I always account for such accounts when I’m helping them create a sound estate plan. If you have one or more retirement accounts, surly you want to know if your beneficiaries ...
  • 6-Sep-2017

    Divorcing? Update That Estate Plan

    Divorce is stressful, especially when it’s a complicated divorce or minor children are involved. When spouses file for divorce, their minds are on child custody, asset and debt division, and spousal support. They’re more worried about ...
  • 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 ...

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