Contract Wills

Is a contract to make a will enforceable under Tennessee law? Yes. Tennessee specifically authorizes contracts to: Make a will or devise, Not to revoke a will or devise, and To die intestate However, such contracts can only be established by: Provisions of a will...

Selecting Your Executor

When a family member dies, the person selected as the executor of the estate is often one of the largest causes of family discord. In some cases, the other family members feel slighted, even if they never wanted to be the executor. In other cases, when family members...

Odd Probate Case Poses Question No One is Asking

Specifically, whether Tennessee’s probate claim statute requires a creditor to provide the executor with proof of a claim before the executor must mail the creditor a copy of the published Notice to Creditors. Decedent died in July 2015. His will was probated...

Other Insurance and Creditor Claims

The previous post discusses the inability of a decedent’s creditors to reach the proceeds of life insurance under Tennessee law. But what about the proceeds from other types of insurance? Are they exempt from creditors as well?  Yes: There shall be exempt from...