Collierville Wills and Probate Lawyers Protect Clients’ Assets
Knowledgeable counselors handle property distribution at each stage
Organizing and managing the transfer of assets can be a complicated process that occurs at an already difficult time. The Collierville Law Firm works with individuals and families at every stage to create and execute final instructions effectively. Whether you need to draft an authoritative will or are involved in the probate process as an executor or beneficiary, we will guide you toward the result you seek. Our firm is highly recommended throughout West Tennessee because we take the time to listen closely to each client and then tailor our representation to their specific needs.
Guiding executors and beneficiaries through the Tennessee probate process
Resolving an estate in probate can be complicated, detailed work. Our experienced attorneys help executors and beneficiaries satisfy the detailed legal standards at each stage of the procedure, including:
- Filing and verification — After a person dies, the appointed executor files the will in the county clerk’s office and is typically appointed personal representative for the estate and given authority over estate assets.
- Inventory and notification — No later than 60 days after being appointed, the personal representative must file an inventory of the decedent’s assets and notify all known beneficiaries and creditors.
- Estate management — The personal representative is responsible for paying taxes and other estate expenses. He or she is also in charge of obtaining legal assistance if any terms of the will are challenged in court.
- Distribution — After all expenses have been paid, assets have been gathered, and competing claims have been resolved, the remaining property is distributed to the specified heirs.
If you have questions about Tennessee probate law or a particular estate, we can provide the information you need in a free initial consultation.
Skilled legal advisers help create wills that address your specific needs
No matter how old you are or what assets you own, an authoritative will is essential if you want the property you own to be distributed according to your wishes once you have passed away. Without clear instructions, the assets you have worked so hard to attain might be allocated based on state law rather than your priorities. Our trusts and estates attorneys can advise you on how to maximize your estate and give your executors and heirs the best chance to move smoothly through the probate process. If you have minor children or have legal authority over a disabled adult, it is vital to issue instructions regarding their care in the event you die unexpectedly. We provide caring counsel to assist you in setting up guardianships and conservatorships.
Attorneys draft living wills to enforce your wishes if you are incapacitated
Even if you have a thorough plan for transferring your assets after you die, your family could face heartbreaking choices if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate. Our attorneys can help you prepare documents that clearly express your wishes for situations where you are suffering from extreme injury or illness. A living will states what type of extraordinary medical care should occur in various situations. To avoid confusion among your loved ones, our firm also helps draft durable power of attorney documents to appoint a trusted person to make treatment decisions on your behalf.
Contact a skilled Tennessee probate attorney for a free initial consultation
The Collierville Law Firm advises clients on a full range of will and probate matters throughout the greater Memphis area. Please call 901-614-0318 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office.