Estate Administration And The Probate Process

After the death of a loved one, probate is probably not the first thing on your mind. However, probating a will and administering the estate are tasks that must be completed. A lawyer can explain the process and help you get started.

When is probate required in Tennessee? If the decedent (your loved one who passed away) owned vehicles or real estate — a home or a cabin in the mountains — or had money in checking, savings or investment accounts, probate is necessary. The state of Tennessee may also seek to recover funds paid by TennCare for a nursing home, long-term care facility or home- or community-based services.

For more than 20 years, I have provided estate administration and probate guidance to families in middle Tennessee. Prior to starting my legal practice, I had the opportunity to clerk for a Nashville probate judge and learn the ins and outs of the probate process. I will walk your family through each step and provide advice along the way.

Probating A Will In Tennessee

The probate process in Tennessee starts by filing the will and a petition to appoint an executor. Next steps include:

  • Identifying and inventorying property
  • Notifying creditors, who then have four months to file claims
  • Transferring or selling property and distributing assets in accordance with the will

After completion, an accounting of the will is prepared and a tax clearance is obtained from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. A final distribution statement ensures that property went to the right people before the estate can be closed.

Resolving Disputes That Arise

During the distribution of estate assets, problems can pop up. An executor may mismanage funds or unnecessary delays may affect when you receive your inheritance. Siblings may argue over certain personal possessions. As a seasoned trial attorney, I am well-placed to help with any of these estate administration or probate disputes.

Call me at 615-686-2115 or fill out my online form to set up an free initial consultation to learn more about estate administration and how I can help you through the process.