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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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