If you're on this page, you probably have a lot of questions about the Probate Process. What is Probate? What is Probate Court? What does probate mean? Do I need a Probate attorney? What is the Probate process? How to avoid probate?
If you are here to learn about Tennessee probate after the passing of a loved one, we first want to say that we are deeply sorry for your loss. We hope that the information you find on this page will simplify any legal and administrative headaches you might otherwise face during such a difficult time.
Probate in Tennessee is a court-supervised procedure that helps to ensure the legal transfer of assets from the deceased to the rightful heirs or beneficiaries. Probate in Tennessee may also be necessary to:
Prove the validity of the will
Appoint someone to manage the estate (the "administrator" if there is no will or the "executor" if there is one)
Inventory and appraise the estate property
Pay any debts or taxes (including estate taxes)
Distribute the property as direct by the will—or by the state law if there is no will
Many residents in Tennessee have heard that probate is bad news. It tends to be very expensive, it's time-consuming, and it's also a public process.
The easiest way to avoid the probate process is to plan. However, if you are now in a situation where you must go through probate court to finalize the estate of a loved one, the best thing you can do is get educated and get help to complete the process as painlessly as possible.