What happens if you do not have a will or a durable power of attorney? The state of Tennessee will decide for you based on intestacy laws who inherits your property. If a serious accident or illness prevents you from making medical decisions, your loved ones will have to go through conservatorship proceedings.
Advance planning can avoid the costs, time and possible conflicts associated with conservatorship hearings. It ensures that you control who cares for your minor children if you cannot and who inherits your property. It also keeps the government out of your business.
Four Key Documents
Everyone in Tennessee with children, property or assets ought to consider having four documents in place. Based on your individual circumstances, I can explain which of the following are right for you:
- A last will and testament is the foundational document that disposes of property, makes the estate administration process easier and appoints a trusted executor and guardian for minor children.
- A living will provides a directive with your end-of-life decisions.
- A durable power of attorney for health care can avoid a conservatorship and appoints a trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf.
- A durable power of attorney appoints a trusted friend or relative to handle your finances.
Why would you want a Nashville trial lawyer to draft these documents? With more than 20 years of litigation experience and a clerkship with a probate judge, I know what can go wrong. I've seen cases where using a form results in costly and lengthy fights that tear apart families. I can help you carefully draft documents that protect your loved ones and avoid challenges to the will.
Start The Will Preparation Process
Peace of mind comes with knowing that loved ones will be protected and provided for if anything were to happen to you. Call me at 615-686-2115 or complete the online form to schedule a meeting about preparing a will or other estate documents.