The probate process can be time-consuming and often confusing, especially when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. You may struggle to find the answers to questions such as:
Did my loved one leave a valid will?
Does the size and composition of their estate require us to open a probate case?
Who will act as the executor of the estate?
How do we evaluate the assets that are part of the estate?
Who distributes the assets – and to whom do they go?
If the estate owes taxes or creditors, how are they paid?
At Mark E. Tillery, Attorney at Law in Knoxville, I provide clients with experienced legal counsel and assistance on all probate matters. As an estate planning attorney and estate administration lawyer, I can provide guidance at every step of the estate administration process. My goal is to lift much of the legal burden off your shoulders so you can focus on spending time with family. I can also provide full probate administration services, relieving you of that burden entirely.
The purpose of probate is to have an accurate and orderly payment of the deceased’s debts and disbursement of their assets to the correct beneficiaries. The steps of probate are bound by law and get carried out in the county where the deceased resided. Although the probate process is not explicitly required by state law, the transfer of assets held in the deceased’s name makes probate a necessity for most estates.
My firm can represent your loved one’s estate and help with:
Determining if there is a will and if it is considered valid by the probate court
If no will exists, working to determine the proper distribution of assets and settling of accounts
Identifying assets that can pass outside probate and be transferred immediately
Calculating and paying outstanding debts to creditors
Paying the estate tax and filing tax forms with the proper authorities
If you are wanting to avoid the probate process for the estate of a loved one who is still alive (including your own estate), it is possible to use proactive estate planning to ensure as many assets as possible go directly to the named beneficiaries. Contact me at my office to learn how to create a smooth transfer of assets and property.
Find out how my law practice can help you with probate administration issues. I'm proud to serve clients in Maryville, Farragut, Blount County, Anderson County, Clinton, and the rest of East Tennessee. Reach out to me in Knoxville to schedule a consultation.