Clinton ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY
Protecting Your Family · Shaping Your Legacy · Settling an Estate
Estate planning is not reserved for the wealthy. It is not something you should put off until your "golden years." Every family should have plans in place for the orderly transfer of assets and for an untimely death or incapacitating event.
The Cantrell Law Firm provides affordable services for all facets of estate law: Drafting an estate plan, administration of a family member's estate and probate court proceedings. Our Clinton probate lawyers provide counsel and representation in Clinton, Oak Ridge, and throughout East Tennessee.
Drafting a will? Named as executor? Call (865) 999-0101 now to set up a free consultation with an estate planning attorney in Clinton.
Clinton Probate Lawyers Providing Estate Planning Services
Our experienced estate planning attorneys in Clinton handle the full spectrum of issues dealing with individual's estates under Tennessee law:
- Wills and powers of attorney
- Probate and estate administration
- Conservatorship proceedings
- Will contests and probate disputes
From our long experience in this area of the law, we have witnessed the dividends of good estate planning. We have also dealt with the aftermath when estate plans were drafted poorly or neglected altogether.
What is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is a set of documents that protects family wealth and guides your loved ones. In the event of your death, it spells out inheritance on your terms rather than the Tennessee laws of succession. If you become physically or mentally incapacitated, through sudden tragedy or gradual decline, your family will know your wishes and have the authority to act on your behalf.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding estate planning:
Do I need an estate plan if I don't own a lot of assets?
- It is vital that every individual sets up an estate plan, regardless of how much you own. These documents are very important and can help to protect your loved ones.
What types of paperwork do I need for an estate plan?
- Estate planning requires a lot of paperwork and specific requirements in order to have a successful plan set up. In addition to a will, one of the most important documents is a "medical directive", which will highlight your medical wishes if you are in a position where you cannot decide for yourself. A Clinton estate planning lawyer can help you with this process by assisting you throughout every step of this complex process.
What is Estate Administration?
Also known as "probate", estate administration relates to the disposition of a person's estate when he or she passes away. We represent family members who have been named as executor in the will or appointed as personal representative by a probate court. We can assist with all the details (and any unforeseen glitches) of settling an estate, including full-service counsel if you live out of state and need a local attorney.
We also represent any party in probate disputes relating to the validity of the will, the rights of excluded heirs, the distribution of assets or breach of fiduciary duty.
What is Conservatorship?
Conservatorship is legal stewardship over a family member's finances or personal care. If there is no power of attorney in place, it may be necessary to petition the probate court to be named conservator if the person can no longer manage his or her own affairs due to illness or disability.
Trusted Legal Counsel for Important Family Matters
The Cantrell Law Firm has served Anderson County and East Tennessee for 20 years. Call (865) 999-0101, or contact us online, to schedule a consultation about wills and trusts or any facet of probate and estate law.