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How to prevent or defend a contested will

A diligent individual may leave behind a will with clear instructions for distributing an estate after death. Some in the family may not be happy with the document's contents and challenge the expressed wishes. Individuals and their inheritors should know how to...

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How do you handle pets with probate?

After your death, your last will and testament must undergo verification in court. Your executor will help this process along, ensuring that everything you wanted to happen will come to fruition in your absence. This includes any special stipulations you may have...

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What conditions make a will invalid?

One of the reasons for probate in Tennessee is to verify the validity of estate planning documents such as a will. If you wish to contest a loved one's will, it is important for you to know which conditions could make a will invalid. Focusing on areas of concern may...

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Other alternatives to full-blown probate

As many residents of Tennessee have probably heard, creating a trust is one way residents can eliminate, or at least greatly simplify, the probate process.To review, probate is a court-supervised process through which a person, the executor, collects a deceased...

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What is the “elective share” in probate?

Like other states, Tennessee has a provision in its laws for what is commonly called the elective share. The elective share protects the surviving spouse from being left penniless after the other spouse's death`. Presumably, this is because, as a society, we assume...

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Grounds under which one can challenge a will

Creating a will is an important step for almost anyone in Southeastern Tennessee to take. Doing so can save a lot of trouble for one's family after one's death, as a well-drafted will should give clear instructions about how a Cleveland resident wants her property...

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