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Cleveland Wills & Probate Lawyer, Tennessee
Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills


William J Brown

Wills & Probate, Corporate, Workers' Compensation, Wills, Traffic
Status:  In Good Standing           

George Nathan Mccoin

Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

Robert Bryant Wilson

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  41 Years

Theresa Light Critchfield

Construction, Reorganization, Litigation, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

Vance Fry

Military, Elder Law, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

Vance Hewitt Fry

Military, Elder Law, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

Bradley Loyed Hendrix

Corporate, Reorganization, Labor Law, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

Zach Paul Morris

Corporate, Products Liability, Labor Law, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Stephanie Hall

Corporate, Labor Law, Litigation, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

Stephanie Lee Hall

Corporate, Labor Law, Litigation, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

GENERATION-SKIPPING TRUST

A trust designed to save on estate tax. The trust principal is preserved for the trust maker's grandchildren, with his or her children receiving only income fro... (more...)
A trust designed to save on estate tax. The trust principal is preserved for the trust maker's grandchildren, with his or her children receiving only income from the trust. Because the children (the middle generation) never legally own the property, it isn't subject to estate tax at their death. See generation-skipping transfer tax.

SPRINKLING TRUST

A trust that gives the person managing it (the trustee) the discretion to disburse its funds among the beneficiaries in any way he or she sees fit.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.

CREDIT SHELTER TRUST

See AB trust.

REMAINDERMAN

Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderma... (more...)
Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderman because he will inherit the home in the future, after Alma dies.

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.

WILL

A document in which you specify what is to be done with your property when you die and name your executor. You can also use your will to name a guardian for you... (more...)
A document in which you specify what is to be done with your property when you die and name your executor. You can also use your will to name a guardian for your young children.

NET ESTATE

The value of all property owned at death less liabilities or debts.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Davis

... In this interlocutory appeal, the administrator of the estate of the decedent argues that a petition for probate, filed more than two years after the probate of an earlier will, is time-barred by Tennessee Code Annotated section 32-4-108, and, therefore, the trial court erroneously ...

In re Estate of Ridley

... J., joined. The issues in this appeal are whether the probate court's order construing the decedent's will was a final judgment and, if so, whether the appellee's notice of appeal was timely. ... The probate court entered an order construing the will on September 17, 2004. ...

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE FOUNDATION v. Fisk Univ.

... Mr. Stieglitz's Last Will and Testament was admitted to probate in the Surrogate's Court of New York County, New York, on September 13, 1946, at which time his widow, Georgia O'Keeffe, was appointed Executrix of the estate. ...