Skilled Help In Probate Law
For more than three decades, I have been helping clients resolve issues with probate. This area of the law can involve:
- Probating a will
- Opening an estate for someone who died without a will
- Representing heirs in will contests or other disputes over estate properties
- Setting up conservatorships for vulnerable adults
From my law office in Nashville, Tennessee, I help people with many probate issues including estate administration and probate litigation.
The Probate Process And Probate Court
When a person passes away, their assets are referred to as their estate. The process of distributing the estate to the person’s heirs is known as the probate process. The court that oversees this process is known as a probate court.
In cases where the person did not leave behind a valid will, the process is managed by the probate court, using state laws to distribute the estate to surviving relatives. If the person left behind a will, an appointed executor or personal representative administers the distribution of the estate.
How An Attorney Can Help
There are many advantages to having a will, and it is almost always better for the heirs to have a relative or trusted friend in charge of administering the estate.
However, being an executor is not easy. There is paperwork to file, deadlines to meet and, sometimes, disputes to settle.
I help executors and other clients with many issues throughout the probate process, including:
- Estate inventory
- Beneficiaries’ rights
- Inheritance disputes
Disputes over inheritance are emotionally difficult and can tear families apart. I work with clients to resolve will contests and other disputes in a way that defends their rights while, when possible, preserving family harmony.
Protection For Vulnerable People
Conservatorship and guardianship are other legal issues handled by probate courts. Essentially, these are legal tools that allow a relative or other trusted party to make important legal, financial or medical decisions on behalf of someone else. Guardianship typically applies for children, and conservatorship applies for adults.
Conservatorship can be a powerful way to protect vulnerable adults from exploitation. I work with clients to protect their loved ones and defend the rights of the vulnerable.
If you need help with any issues in probate law, speak to a lawyer who has experience in probate. Call my office, Jacqueline B. Dixon, Attorney at Law, at 615-270-1387. You can also contact my office by email.