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Johnson City Wills & Probate Lawyer, Tennessee
Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills


Billie J. Farthing

Corporate, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, Litigation, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           

J. Eddie Lauderback

Corporate, Estate Administration, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, Litigation
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James E. Brading

Corporate, Employment Discrimination, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Federal Appellate Practice
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Edward T. Brading

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Estate Administration, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice
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Thomas C. McKee

Corporate, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice
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Bradley Griffith

Insurance, Labor Law, Family Law, Wills & Probate
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Holly Lyn Cowart Booksh

Administrative Law, Labor Law, Elder Law, Wills & Probate
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Holly Booksh

Administrative Law, Labor Law, Elder Law, Wills & Probate
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Charles Parks Pope

Corporate, Reorganization, Wills & Probate, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  26 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

AUGMENTED ESTATE

In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used on... (more...)
In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used only in some states. Its value is calculated only if a surviving spouse declines whatever he or she was left by will and instead claims a share of the deceased spouse's estate. (This is called taking against the will.) The amount of this 'statutory share' or 'elective share' depends on state law.

ADMINISTRATRIX

An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male... (more...)
An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male or female, this person is called the administrator.

EXEMPTION TRUST

A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth m... (more...)
A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth more than that amount, it usually goes to the surviving spouse. The trust property passes free from estate tax because of the personal exemption, and the rest is shielded from tax under the surviving spouse's marital deduction.

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.

ENTITY

An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from i... (more...)
An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from its individual members--for example, a corporation, partnership, trust, estate or government agency. The entity is treated like a person; it can function legally, be sued, and make decisions through agents.

FAMILY POT TRUST

See pot trust.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

CONTINGENT BENEFICIARY

1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisf... (more...)
1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisfied. For example, if Fred is entitled to take property under a will only if he's married at the time of the will maker's death, Fred is a contingent beneficiary. Similarly, if Ellen is named to receive a house only in the event her mother, who has been named to live in the house, moves out of it, Ellen is a contingent beneficiary.

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. ...