Tennessee Probate and Estate Planning
We understand that losing someone is hard so we do our best to make the probate process as easy and stress free as possible. Unlike many lawyers we offer reasonable flat fees or hourly rates that you can choose from based upon your needs. Our lawyers strive to complete the inheritance process in the most efficient ways possible while ensuring that our clients are in compliance with all the requirements of the law. We are here for our clients through the entire process.
Our Tennessee Probate Lawyers will give you an easy to understand explanation as to how the inheritance proceedings work in Tennessee, when it will be complete and your responsibilities in the process. We will make sure that you are in compliance with the law and that your loved one’s final wishes are met. Our goal is to transfer the inherited property to the rightful heirs with as much ease and efficiency as the law allows.Services We Provide
- Will Contests and Probate Litigation
- Wills and Trust
- Estate Planning
- Power Of Attorney
- Living Wills
At The Higgins Firm we believe strongly in having focused legal divisions to ensure the lawyers and staff are on the cutting edge of the law in their area. As such, we have a dedicated division that deals only with Estate and Probate issues. This allows them to start and finish the inheritance process in the most efficient manner possible. It is our hope that our experience will translate to a stress free inheritance transfer to our clients. Also, by staying focused and efficient we are able to offer very competitive pricing for what we believe is an exceptional legal product.Meeting With our Tennessee Probate and Estate Lawyers
If you have been appointed the executor of a will or need our assistance in the probate process we would like for our initial meeting to be informative and beneficial. To ensure that you get an accurate assessment of your legal needs and in order to get the process started as soon as possible it is a good idea to come to the meeting prepared to help your lawyer. As such, we suggest you bring the following to the initial meeting:
- Bring a copy of the Death Certificate.
Although we can start the process without the certificate it will eventually be necessary to have and will provide us with valuable information.
- Make a list of assets in the Estate.
This information is important to know what has to pass through probate, what goes directly to the heirs, what needs to be done to transfer the property and whether the estate is taxable. When making this list we suggest you state: a)how the property is titeled; b) who is named as beneficiary (if the asset is a transferable on death such as life insurance); c) the value of the asset.
- Bring the Last Will and Testament or Other Estate Planning Documents
- The name and addresses of all beneficiaries in the Will and Next of Kin
This helps us ensure that we give all notices to potential heirs as is required by law.
- List of any debts owed by the decedent; a copy of bills from any creditors.
The law requires you to give notice to creditors. However, the creditors have a limited time to respond and if they fail to do so the debt is sometimes waived. As such, it is important to get the notice out promptly.
If you need help with an Estate or Probate matter please call one of our Tennessee Probate Lawyers today. You can call us toll free at 800.705.2121