Contested Wills Attorneys in Clarksville Offer 60-Plus Years of Combined Legal Experience
Tennessee law firm represents families in disputes involving a loved one’s estate
Settling a contested will or estate is a difficult but necessary process. It is not uncommon for disputes among family members to become quite emotional and highly charged. The civil litigators at Bateman & Bateman, P.C. attempt to compassionately resolve arguments that arise and to protect your rights and wishes. Each Clarksville probate attorney at our firm is adept at handling probate disputes including will contest and claims of creditors as well as other estate administration matters.
Understanding the role of a will in Tennessee’s legal system
A will, also called a “last will and testament,” is necessary if you want to control what happens to your property after you die. Your will can determine how your property will be divided and allows you to name someone as executor to make sure that the provisions of the will are carried out properly.
If you die without a will (die intestate), Tennessee laws allow courts to decide how your property will be distributed. The succession of beneficiaries who receive property when someone dies without a will is as follows:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving spouse and children
- Other relatives
- State of Tennessee
If you are the executor of a will or think you may be a beneficiary, it is important to seek the help of experienced and skilled attorneys. Our firm protects your rights, providing you unparalleled legal counsel and peace of mind in working through the difficulties of estate administration.
Estate settlements and litigation
Because estate law is so complex, it’s wise to hire a will contest attorney to settle your loved one’s estate. In many cases, especially when large assets are involved, beneficiaries and others may contest a will. They can contest the validity of the will itself or the appropriateness of the content of the will. Our attorneys help clients argue the validity of contested wills.
Using trusts as tools to control inheritance of your property
Everyone needs a will, but many people want even more control of their property. Trusts are tools that function like organizations, operating under the instructions of the person who made them.
Irrevocable trusts are created by transferring your property to the trust and giving up management of that property. The trustee managing your property will need to follow the guidelines you created. Revocable trusts work similarly, except you retain control and can make changes at any time before you die. These trusts are designed to help your family avoid probate. Marital trusts allow you to provide benefits to a surviving spouse. Bypass trusts are designed to help couples take full advantage of federal tax exemptions. Our estate planning attorneys help clients choose the trust or trusts that are right for them.
The importance of having a living will
A document known as an advance directive, an advance care plan or a medical power of attorney can serve as a living will. These instruments allow you to officially record your wishes concerning your own healthcare if you become incapacitated. They also allow you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. Our attorneys help clients create living wills to ensure that their wishes are carried out.
Contact us for help with contested wills in Tennessee
Bateman & Bateman, P.C. is a Tennessee estate settlement law firm whose members have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. We take pride in obtaining the best result possible for our clients. Call our Clarksville office at 931-647-5959 or contact us online to discuss a contested will or your other estate administration needs.