What is Tennessee's Elective Share for Surviving Spouses?

Posted by John Crow | Oct 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

When a spouse dies unexpectedly, sometimes they have not prepared a will or trust. Maybe they forgot to update their estate plan when they passed away. When this happens, the surviving spouse can elect to receive a certain part of their spouses estate. Find out how this elective share works in this article.

Closing Out a Revocable Living Trust

Posted by John Crow | Oct 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are named as the successor trustee of a loved one's revocable living trust, you likely have many questions: How do I manage the trust? What about debts? What about closing the trust out? If you have these questions, take a moment and familiarize yourself with your responsibilities as trustee and how to handle these issues.

How to Revoke Your Power of Attorney in Tennessee

Posted by John Crow | Oct 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Powers of attorney appoint someone to make healthcare and financial decisions for you if you cannot make decisions yourself. But what happens when you need to revoke that power of attorney and remove the person you named as your decision maker from power. Find out the process in this article.

Who Can Be a Witness to a Will?

Posted by John Crow | Sep 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are considering who should be witnesses to your will, take a moment to read this article. If you have a person who inherits under your will serve as a witness, understand that it can create problems for that beneficiary. Learn how to avoid any potential issues here.

Estate Planning for Business Owners in Clarksville TN

Posted by John Crow | Sep 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Business is booming in Clarksville, Tennessee. While there may seem like there's no end in sight to how far our city can grow, your business could face an untimely end should something happen to you. Find out why incorporating your business into your estate plan is so important.

How Does an Emergency Conservatorship Work?

Posted by John Crow | Sep 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

An emergency conservatorship is a type of conservatorship that is temporary in nature. It is uniquely designed to help protect disabled persons from potential harm to themselves and to others. Find out more about emergency conservatorships in this blog.

Can an Estate Executor in Tennessee Withhold Money from a Beneficiary?

Posted by John Crow | Sep 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

During the administration of the estate, conflict can sometimes arise between executors and beneficiaries. Most often, these conflicts center upon the executor's refusal to distribute property to a beneficiary and whether the executor has a right to do so. In this blog, we explain the role of the executor's relationship to the estate and the beneficiaries so you have a better understanding of when an executor must withhold money and when the executor cannot do so.

Common Problems With Last Wills and Testaments

Posted by John Crow | Aug 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

What happens if a part of your will is faulty or is not properly executed? How big of a problem is it, even if the issue appears relatively minor? Well, there could be substantial issues. Discover the most common problems with wills in this blog.

Are Handwritten Wills Legal in Tennessee?

Posted by John Crow | Aug 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

From time to time, clients come to see us with handwritten wills that their mother or father prepared. These types of wills are called "holographic wills". While holographic wills are certainly legal, they can be problematic and are more difficult to validate than a more formal, typed last will and testament. Find out more about handwritten wills in this blog.

Can Creditors Bring a Claim Against a Tennessee Estate?

Posted by John Crow | Jul 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying that "creditors have better memories than debtors". There is much truth in this statement. If your loved one owed money, there is a high likelihood those creditors will be calling when probate is opened. Check out how creditor claims are handled through Tennessee Courts.

Are There Restrictions for Naming my LLC in Tennessee?

Posted by John Crow | Jul 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are considering creating a new LLC in Tennessee be aware that there are legal regulations on what you may name your LLC. The name must be clearly distinguishable from other business entities and not violate any other regulations that the the state has. Check out what these rules and regulations are in this blog.

What Happens in Tennessee If You Die Without a Will?

Posted by John Crow | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

It's true: Many people believe they do not need a last will and testament. Even more people believe they need to have a will, but they put it off for tomorrow. What if tomorrow doesn't come? Let's say you are in a tragic accident and you are killed instantly. If you die without a will, what happens to your assets?

What Happens in Tennessee When a Child Dies Before You Do?

Posted by John Crow | Jun 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have children, its likely that they are listed in your will as beneficiaries. However, in some unfortunate circumstances, a child may die before you do. What happens to that child’s inheritance? Does your child’s spouse inherit? Does it go to your grandchildren? Check out this blog to find out.

The Real Reasons Why You Want to Avoid Probate in Tennessee

Posted by John Crow | Jun 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

You have been told over and over again that you need estate planning to help your loved ones avoid probate in Tennessee. The reason always presented is a simple one: probate is costly. That may be true, but in what ways is the probate process costly? This blog outlines several reasons why you may want to avoid probate as much as possible to alleviate the burden for your beneficiaries.

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