The subject of estate planning tends to bring on the desire to take a long nap if you’re under a certain age. It’s typically a subject for those who have been around the block a time or two, but with coronavirus invading our daily lives, understanding estate planning basics is something we should all become…

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Probate is the process by which courts oversee the distribution of a decedent’s (the person who passed away’s) estate. The individual responsible for administering the will (the executor) is required to go through probate in order to collect the decedent’s assets and property, distribute them to heirs and beneficiaries according to a will, and pay…

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An executor is the person someone appoints in their will to handle their estate when the person has passed on. When choosing an executor, it’s important to pick someone you can trust to handle the financial parts of the estate and who can also manage any conflicts that may arise. Many people choose their spouse…

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One of the most important topics in the estate planning world is that of guardianship. Guardianship is important on two levels: it protects your children should you die before they reach the legal age of adulthood, and it ensures that your children are brought up and cared for by the person of your choosing. Some…

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Anyone who plans for their families’ and loved ones’ futures hopes their heirs and others won’t fight. (At least, we certainly want that to be the case.) Sometimes, though, death brings conflict. Children may feel they should have been given a better share. Business partners may feel their interests weren’t duly considered. These conflicts can…

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Here in Tennessee, we’re planners. We plan parties, we plan vacations, we plan weddings, we plan out nightly dinners. You might plan out your day and even your entire week. But many of us don’t look too far into the future and think about things like unexpected illnesses or accidents. What if you are sick,…

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Probate attorneys are keenly aware of the difficulties families encounter when a loved one’s estate enters the probate process. This process can extend out for many months, consuming not only time but also precious resources from which other beneficiaries may have been helped. Those who are appointed as executors of an estate can find themselves…

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You know when you go into the local office supply store, and there’s that section on DIY legal documents? There’s always a program or two for Wills and estate planning, and a lot of folks we know have been, well, duped into thinking that creating their own Wills is an easy process. But there is…

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