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What is Intestate Succession?

Intestate succession refers to the process of estate administration when a person dies without a will. If a person has no will, then Tennessee law on intestate succession controls. Tennessee law on intestate succession, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. §31-2-104 identifies who inherits in such a situation. The first person to inherit is the surviving …

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What Does it Mean When a Will Is Contested?

When a will is contested, it means that someone has challenged the validity of a will.  Sometimes, multiple wills are in question, and the critical issue becomes which will is valid.  Often, in these situations, some family members may prefer one will, while others prefer another will.   Tennessee law, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. §32-4-101 …

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What is Probate and the Probating of a Will?

Probate refers to the process of validating a will and executing the language and operative effect of a will. In other words, the probating of a will refers to the process of ensuring that the will is evaluated, approved, and then executed according to the will’s contents when a person’s estate is divided and the …

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