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Are Anti-Contest Will Provisions Valid?

Some testators try to avoid probate disputes about the legitimacy of their will by including a provision that anyone who challenges the legitimacy of the will will not be able to receive any distributions from the will. This provision may be called an anti-contest provision or a no-contest provision. A will is prepared by a…

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Can You Decline an Inheritance in Tennessee?

Inheriting assets can be a bittersweet experience, but what if the prospect of accepting an inheritance doesn’t align with your circumstances or preferences? While it may seem counterintuitive to some people to reject an inheritance, the answer is, generally, yes. This is known as “disclaiming” or “renouncing” an inheritance. There are a variety of motivations…

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I’m an Executor and the Estate Just Got Sued. Can You Help?

Being chosen as an executor to oversee the distribution of a loved one’s assets and settle their affairs is an honor, but it can also be a huge responsibility. In Chattanooga, as elsewhere, this role entails various duties, including ensuring that debts and liabilities are appropriately addressed. However, when a lawsuit arises against the estate,…

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A Probate Litigation Attorney Can Help You Protect Vulnerable Family Members

Even when a will is outlined to the deceased person’s wishes, determining exactly how everything is distributed can be complicated. In certain circumstances, the guardianship rights of individuals may become the subject of contention and legal disputes due to concerns surrounding elder abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect. These situations involve vulnerable adults who may be…

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Is Money Considered Tangible Personal Property?

Thanks to movies and television, many people believe that leaving a will that says, “I leave my entire estate to XYZ” (or simply writing something down on a bar napkin) counts as a valid will. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the rules for wills and estate administration in Tennessee are very…

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