A will is an instrument that allows you to determine how your assets will be distributed and how your children will be cared for upon your death. Laws governing how property is distributed when there is no will may not match-up with your wishes. In some cases, the entire estate could go to the State. If there is no will, the potential heirs will have to spend additional time and money, often more than the cost of a will, to determine who will receive what share of the estate. Your children may end up in the care of someone other than the individual(s) you would have preferred.
Creating a will is a simple and relatively inexpensive process. To create a will in Tennessee, the testator, or person creating the will, must be able to:
Put their will in writing;
Understanding it’s meaning, without the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any other condition that might affect one’s judgement;
Be free of undue influence, coercion, or duress;
Sign the will in the presence of two (2) witnesses;
If you have questions or would like to create a will, please contact the office to schedule an appointment.