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Beneficiaries Trump Wills

Beneficiaries Trump Wills

June 9, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

There are many misconceptions among people regarding estate planning. For example, your spouse with whom you share children does not automatically inherit your entire estate if you pass away. This is an awfully big surprise…

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Nuncupative Will Requirements
Nuncupative Will Requirements

Nuncupative Will Requirements

May 20, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

In a prior post, we discussed the witness requirements in Tennessee for a traditional, typed-out will. Now we will discuss the requirements for nuncupative, also known as oral wills, and holographic wills. What are Nuncupative…

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Broke person opening an empty wallet.
Why Bother With Estate Planning While I’m Young And Broke?

Why Bother With Estate Planning While I’m Young And Broke?

May 18, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

There is a common myth that estate planning is only for the elderly or the wealthy; maybe even only for the elderly and wealthy. This myth shows that few really know what estate planning involves.…

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An empty will.

The Tennessee Intestacy Myth

May 3, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

There is a myth in Tennessee about intestacy that I hear often: if you die intestate, your property will naturally be distributed to the right people. By “right people,” they typically mean their family. While…

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House with taxes below it.
A Big Break On Estate Tax In Tennessee

A Big Break On Estate Tax In Tennessee

April 28, 2022 | Estate Planning | News

Every new year brings new taxes. Fortunately, for people in Tennessee, estate tax is likely one they won’t have to worry about. Estate taxes change frequently, and it can be difficult to understand what federal…

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Why is Owner’s Title Insurance Important?

Why is Owner’s Title Insurance Important?

April 20, 2022 | Real Estate Law | News

Are you currently buying or selling a home? Is this your first time buying or selling a home? If so, you should probably consider owner’s title insurance. There are a lot of questions people have…

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Should I Be Worried About Unexpected Liens In My Title Search?

Should I Be Worried About Unexpected Liens In My Title Search?

April 13, 2022 | Real Estate Law | Blog

We do many title searches every day in our office. In their most basic form, a real estate title search is where we search all pertinent public records to determine what has been publicly filed…

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A deed.
Types Of Deeds In Tennessee

Types Of Deeds In Tennessee

March 29, 2022 | Real Estate Law | News

In Tennessee, there are different types of deeds. First, let’s define what “deed” means. It can be confusing because the term, “Deed,” also refers to a Deed of Trust. A Deed of Trust is the…

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Someone writing a deed, one of the types of deeds.

Witness Requirements for a Will in Tennessee

February 28, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

One of the main issues that I see with a Last Will and Testament people can create online or not in front of an attorney is that they don’t meet the witness requirements of Tennessee…

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Holographic wills
Holographic Will Requirements in Tennessee

Holographic Will Requirements in Tennessee

February 14, 2022 | Estate Planning | Blog

In my prior two blogs, I discussed the witness requirements in Tennessee for a traditional, typed out will, and a nuncupative will.   Now, let us turn our attention to holographic wills. Holographic wills are wills…

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