Responsive Probate Attorneys in Clarksville Assist Will Executors
Tennessee estate administration attorneys work with families and courts
Probate is the process of validating a will and carrying out its instructions after someone (the decedent) dies. Probate can be relatively simple or extremely complex, depending on the size of the decedent’s estate, the contents of the will and whether anyone is contesting the document’s validity. To ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, you need an experienced Tennessee probate attorney to handle will and estate matters that affect you or your loved ones. The knowledgeable attorneys at Bateman & Bateman, P.C. handle the legal side of probate matters, lessening the burden on you and your family as you work through the loss of a loved one.
Understanding the probate process in Tennessee
The first step in the Tennessee probate process is for the person who was named as the executor in the will to deposit the will in the office of the county clerk in the county where the decedent lived. The court then allows this person to begin the distribution of assets by issuing “letters testamentary,” an order that starts the process.
The validity of a will is determined by a probate court. Once the will is validated, the decedent’s estate pays any debts remaining at the time of his or her death. The remainder of the estate is then distributed in accordance with the terms of the will. This involves multiple steps, including:
- Finding and collecting all of the decedent’s assets
- Transferring the decedent’s assets from various accounts to the estate
- Determining the value of all property
- Managing and preserving businesses and investment property
- Liquidating the assets of the estate
One of the wisest moves an executor or beneficiary can make is hiring a probate attorney. Our wills and trusts professionals provide legal counsel to help you make the best possible decisions under very difficult conditions while protecting your rights under the law.
Fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
Our firm represents estates, beneficiaries and other interested parties during the administration of estates. The probate court is often a place where families contest their decedent’s will. In these cases, we provide an effective, civilized voice for your wishes in court. Whether you are defending a will’s validity or trying to prove that its creation or contents are improper, our estate planning attorneys work tirelessly to create the innovative legal strategies that make a positive difference in your case. In uncontested cases, we work hard to make the process as fast and as simple as possible, so that you can focus on your family instead of the legal system.
Contact us for help probating a will in Tennessee
Probating a will is a much easier process when you have the help of a knowledgeable attorney. The probate attorneys at Bateman & Bateman, P.C. have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. Contact us online or call our Clarksville office at 931-647-5959 to discuss your probate and estate planning needs.