Probate Law

“Experienced Legal Representation for a Wide Variety of Estate & Probate Law Issues”

Despite its inevitability and universal reach, death is a topic that is difficult for most people to discuss. Most people want their deaths to be a time where their own life is celebrated and their surviving family members are able to come together. Most people do not want their deaths to be a time marked by family squabbling and disputes. While you cannot control the actions and attitudes of others, you can make the management of your affairs much less complex – and increase the chances for displays of family unity and love upon your death – by engaging the services of a seasoned Tennessee estate and probate law attorney.

Tennessee estate and probate law attorneys are both proactive and reactive. They are proactive in that they help craft the documents and estate plans that provide certainty and clarity to your surviving family members about what you want to happen regarding your affairs at the time of your death. They are also reactive in that they respond to sudden and not-so-sudden deaths by helping guide the surviving family members through the legal obligations they must fulfill to wrap up the deceased’s personal affairs. Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, is here to help you during these confusing and difficult times.

Help in Planning and Administering a Loved One’s Estate

At Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we recommend that individuals consult with us to create an estate plan that captures their final wishes and desires concerning their property and other important affairs. But writing wills and trusts is only a part of what we do: we also stand with the surviving family members after the death of their loved one to help them administer the deceased’s estate. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Will preparation: A will is more than a simple wish-list scratched down on a piece of paper. It contains the wishes and desires of the testator (the person who creates and signs the will) as to how he or she wishes to distribute his or her property and the overall management of his or her affairs after death. In order for a will to be effective and honored by a court, the will must conform to certain legal requirements. We can help ensure your will is properly drafted so that your final wishes will be respected.
  • Probate of wills: Upon your death, part or all of your property and assets (your “estate”) may need to pass through probate. Probate is a process whereby a court oversees the administration of your estate after your death. If you have a will at the time of your death, your will must also be “admitted” into probate before a court will order that it be followed. While probate can be a routine and simple process, there can be problems if your will was not properly created or if there is a challenge to the will. We can help your surviving family members navigate the probate process.
  • Estate administration: The administrator or executor of an estate has a number of responsibilities placed upon him or her at the moment a loved one dies. Many people do not understand these responsibilities and are ill-prepared to carry them out. If you are named as an administrator or executor over someone’s estate, we can guide you through the steps you need to take in order to wrap up the deceased’s affairs and close his or her estate. The sooner you retain our services, the faster we are able to help you fulfill your legal obligations.
  • Durable power of attorney: Although a durable power of attorney directs what should happen in life as opposed to death, it is nevertheless a powerful and indispensable document to have in your estate plan. A durable power of attorney informs family members and other individuals what person will have the authority to make important financial and medical decisions on your behalf if you are to become incapacitated or unconscious. If you have children, you can also designate someone to care for your child in the event both you and the other parent become unable to care for the child.
  • Living wills: A living will directs doctors and healthcare workers to provide certain care to you or withhold care from you in the event you cannot communicate these wishes yourself. For example, you can direct that you not be resuscitated under certain circumstances or you can direct that healthcare workers provide you with treatment to manage any pain you may experience while allowing you to die naturally if you are comatose.
  • Conservatorships: Conservatorships are a tool used to help care for an adult who is unable to care for him- or herself due to the deterioration of the person’s mental or physical health. Through a conservatorship, a conservator is appointed and given broad powers to look after the affairs of the person and his or her general wellbeing. We can help you establish a conservatorship so that your loved one is not left alone and without someone available to help him or her.
  • Guardianships: A guardianship enables a person (the “guardian”) to be appointed to look after your children in the event you and the other parent are unable to fulfill your roles as parents. We can help you craft the appropriate document so that you can appoint a guardian of your own choosing to step into the role in the event you and the other parent are incapacitated. If no such document exists and a child’s parents become incapacitated, we can help the family navigate the guardianship process and help them obtain an appropriate guardian for the children.
  • Will contests: When one or more heirs or beneficiaries disagree about the interpretation of a will provision or whether a will should be admitted into probate, a will contest develops. Each party will want to have experienced counsel on their side to make sure their interests are represented. Whether you are attempting to have a will admitted into probate or are challenging the validity of a will, we are able to help you present your position powerfully and persuasively.

Guidance and Direction During Life’s Darker Moments

At Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we understand that clients who seek us out for our Tennessee estate and probate law services do so most often because they are concerned about what will happen to them and their family if the unthinkable happens. Our services can help provide clarity and calm to you and your family. Speak with us and learn how we can be a beacon of reassuring and knowledgeable light before and during life’s dark times. Call us today at (901) 388-5805 and discuss your needs and concerns with us.

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Bartlett TN, 38134
Douglass & Runger is an association of attorneys, not a partnership. Douglass & Runger serves clients in the greater Memphis area, including Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Lakeland, in addition to the surrounding counties, including, but not limited to, Chester County, Fayette County, Hardin County, Hardemann County, Lauderdale County, Madison County and Tipton County Tennessee. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. The transmission or receipt of any information on this website is not intended to, nor does it create, an attorney-client relationship. If you have any questions, or would like to set up a consultation to discuss your case, please contact us at help@douglassrunger.com , all rights reserved.

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