Probate Administration

Chattanooga Probate Administration Attorneys Assist When Tennessee Residents Die Without Leaving a Will

We can help you determine the next steps after a loved one dies intestate

Assessing ownership of property and authorship of a will allocating that property is one of the primary ways a probate attorney can help after the death of a family member or loved one. Indeed, the entire probate system exists to make sure that wills are fairly and accurately written and followed. While some wills and assets are reasonably straightforward to determine authenticity and comprehensive in their listings of property both small and large, others have complicating factors that require the skills of an experienced Chattanooga probate attorney. Even more complex are the unfortunate cases where someone has passed away unexpectedly, or left incomplete or inadequate direction as to the disposition of their property.

Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law was founded in Chattanooga over seven decades ago, and since that time, we have striven to merit the faith and loyalty of our clients through professionalism and honesty. We offer our clients the security of working directly with their lawyers on every point of contact, not a staff member or paralegal. As part of the Tennessee community, we know local and federal law, and we value our lifelong relationships with our clients.

What is “intestate?” And how does it affect an estate?

The word “intestate” describes someone who has died without having made a will, often through an unexpected accident, illness or injury. In these cases, it can be extremely challenging for family members to wait patiently while a probate administrator determines what should be done with sentimental items, personal property, stocks, bonds, real estate and active businesses. For some special types of property, even a short wait can be problematic. Some perishable property, which can lose their usefulness or value if unattended (such as valuable animals or fine wines), are either stored or sold at the personal representative’s discretion. Wasting assets, or items that will lose value over time like non-collectible vehicles, are often sold promptly. If a family member or relevant party feels that, had their loved one not died intestate, any asset, including a wasting asset or perishable property, would have been left to them, then no action can be taken until a probate lawyer, the probate administrator, the probate executor and the personal representative all reach an agreement, which can be a lengthy process.

It is clear that the process of untangling the complexities of property, intentions and family relations can be challenging. However, with the help of a knowledgeable attorney working for your rights, a mutually acceptable agreement that honors the wishes of your loved one is often possible, even without an extant will. In cases where ownership is contested, or where a business sis left as part of the estate, probate litigation may be necessary. We have the skills and resources to assist with that, too.

Contact a helpful, trustworthy probate administration attorney today

At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law, we leverage our years of knowledge and experience to benefit our clients and their families during some of the most difficult times in their lives. If you or a family member has questions about or issues navigating the probate system or wants help in writing a will, speak with an experienced probate lawyer at 423.799.3532 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer legal services to clients in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and all surrounding counties.

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