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Estate Planning FAQ

What happens if I die without a will in Tennessee?

In the eyes of the law, if you pass away without executing a will, you are said to die “intestate.” In a nutshell, this means that the state of Tennessee will decide how and to whom your property is distributed based on the laws governing intestate. Creating a basic will can ensure that you decide who gets your property after you pass away.

I am not wealthy; do I really need a will?

Yes. Since we all own something, and we all have wishes that we’d like carried out after we pass away, we all should execute a will detailing these wishes.

An individual to whom we’d like to pass on a sentimental family heirloom, a person who we feel comfortable caring for our beloved pet, or perhaps any religious preferences relating to funeral or burial – none of these things are associated with wealth or affluence, but all of them can be very important.

What is a “will” versus a “living will” in Tennessee?

A will is a document that outlines your wishes regarding yourself, your children and your property after you pass away. A living will is a document – often referred to as a health care directive – that outlines your specific wishes for your care while you are alive but, due to incapacitation, cannot make such decisions yourself. A directive stating you do not want to be kept alive through a feeding tube or via life support are two common examples many people include in living wills.

Do I need an attorney to draft my will?

Generally, no. However, in order to make sure not only that your exact wishes are outlined in your will but also that all procedural requirements stipulated under the law are met, consulting with an attorney with knowledge in estate planning in your location is the best way to ensure your will holds up after you pass away.

Schedule a free initial consultation with April Perry Randle in Chattanooga to get answers to further questions. Call 423-464-6908 or contact the firm online.