When a person passes away, his or her estate is typically required to pass through the legal process known as Probate. This process involves many steps which must be completed with the final result being the distribution of the deceased person’s assets to his or her heirs according to the will. If no will exists or the existing will has proven to be invalid, the assets are distributed according to state law.
At Shanone Emmack Attorney at Law, I offer experienced legal representation to individuals involved in any type of probate matter. This includes assisting executors or personal representatives whose role is to administer the estate under the supervision of the court. If you have been designated in such a role, I can assist you in fulfilling your fiduciary duties in carrying out your legal obligations in accordance with the highest standards. I also provide legal help to other parties who may have concerns or issues with the probate process. When you need a dedicated attorney on your side, turn to Franklin probate lawyer Shanone Emmack.
The Probate Process in Tennessee
The probate process includes the following obligations and duties:
- Filing an application for probate and the appointment of an executor or administrator
- Notifying beneficiaries and heirs
- Conducting an inventory and appraisal of the estate assets
- Collecting the assets
- Identifying the decedent’s creditors
- Paying the decedent’s debts to creditors
- Filing the decedent’s final income taxes
- Paying any applicable estate taxes
- Distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries
As your Franklin probate lawyer, I can help you successfully navigate through all complex probate matters in Tennessee.
How Long Does Probate Take in Tennessee?
Probate in Tennessee can take anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the specific circumstances of the estate. The duration of probate can be influenced by factors such as the complexity of the estate, the presence of a will, disputes or court fights over the will, unusual assets, and creditor claims. Generally, it takes a minimum of four months following the time of first publication to fully probate an estate. However, if there are complications or disagreements, the process can take longer. It is advisable to consult with an attorney specializing in estate law for personalized guidance on the probate process in Tennessee.
She researches the law, kept me and others informed on what needs to happen next, and was always professional.
The probate process can be intimidating and confusing. If you have been made responsible for the process with a fiduciary duty to all parties involved, you are obligated to act in the best interests of those parties. Having the assistance and support of a probate attorney can be invaluable to ensure that you are acting in accordance with the law. Executors and personal representatives can be subject to legal claims and lawsuits by beneficiaries if they believe fiduciary responsibility has been breached. For these reasons and because probate can be a complex matter to those without experience in managing it, I recommend that you get the legal assistance you need from a trusted Franklin probate attorney. I can work closely with you to help you work through and complete the process effectively.
My experience in helping probate clients extends to individuals involved in the probate process as executors, personal representatives, beneficiaries, and other interested parties. If you have questions, concerns, or need guidance with a probate matter, please do not hesitate to call on me. I take pride in providing detailed, personalized, and competent legal representation from start to finish.