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When someone passes away, sometimes their assets are required to go through a process in Tennessee courts called probate. Whether or not probate is necessary depends on what types of assets the person left behind, and often the potential beneficiaries of an estate might be confused about what’s owed to them. By understanding what types…

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We all want the best for our parents, but it can often be difficult to discuss certain topics with them, especially as they grow older. Subjects like assisted living, nursing homes, health decisions and wills can be uncomfortable to talk about, and many adult children avoid having this conversation with their parents for as long…

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Probate is designed to deter fraud after an individual’s death. It is a method of “freezing” the estate until a judge makes a determination on the validity of the Will, that the entire property of the estate has been identified, that all the relevant individuals have been notified, that the taxes have been paid, and…

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As a general rule, when someone dies, his or her bank accounts go through probate. Probate is the process Tennessee courts use after someone dies to validate any will and appoints someone to handle the estate. The person appointed as personal representative (such as the executor of your will) has the duty to collect all…

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Tennessee probate lawyers represent the personal representative of an estate when someone dies. The personal representative is either someone who is named in the decedent’s will or someone who is appointed by the local court. While there are a lot of articles about how to “avoid” probate, the truth is, probate happens no matter what.…

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Probate is a legal process that happens after a person passes away, and leaves assets behind. These items are often left to adult children, spouses, siblings, cousins, friends and other acquaintances in a Will or trust, though sometimes, people pass on without any estate planning documents. You can’t eliminate the probate process for your loved…

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