Helping You Through The Probate Process
In the probate process, when a person dies with or without a will, the Kuebler and Associates, PLLC team assists you with the legal process of distributing and/or determining the distribution of the assets to the inheritors or beneficiaries. These assets can include what is in bank accounts, real estate, and all other items owned by the decedent at the time of his/her death.
How Probate Works In Tennessee
The probate process can be initiated in the Probate Court without or without a will. When a decedent dies with a will he is known as the Testator. When the testator dies an executor is approved by the Court as designated in the decedent’s will.
When a decedent dies without a will, he died intestate. In these situations, the Court appoints an administrator of the Estate of the decedent. When a decedent dies with a will, he died testate. Then, the Court appoints an executor as set out in the decedent’s will.
If the decedent has no will and no heirs, the assets of the decedent will go to the state.
Property set out in Trusts, left with right of survivorship, bank accounts or any other accounts that have a designated beneficiary are not required to go through the probate process and will be passed directly to the designate listed on the executed beneficiary form.
During the probate process, occasionally, someone will begin a proceeding to claim a will is not valid. This is referred to as a will contest. This is a civil litigation proceeding wherein the proponent of a will must defend the challenger to prove the will is valid under the law.
Whether simply probating a will or challenging a will, Kuebler and Associates, PLLC is prepared to help during this very difficult time. You can reach our Chatanooga office at 423-822-5915 or contact us online.