Probate And Estate Administration

If a close family member of yours has passed away, it isn't only the emotions from your loss that must be addressed. There is also the matter of winding up the deceased's affairs, which includes paying debts and transferring property by will or other means to the appropriate parties.

This can be a complicated, challenging process, especially when you're still grieving - and is therefore best faced with trusted legal counsel. This is why, at the office of Amy Broom Pollina, Attorney at Law, we offer skilled guidance to family members and fiduciaries in all aspects of the probate and estate administration process.

Call 615-617-5455 for a free initial consultation about your particular situation. From her office in Murfreesboro, Amy Broom Pollina serves clients throughout Rutherford County and the surrounding area.

How Does Probate Work In Rutherford County?

Probate is a process that is very specific not only to which state you live in, but to which county or judicial district. In some states, probate courts take on responsibilities for other matters besides estates, such as guardianships and conservatorships.

In Rutherford County Tennessee, both Chancery and General Sessions Judges exercise probate jurisdiction.

If a family member of yours died, and you are trying to determine how to proceed, it's important to be aware of the overall value of the property involved. If there is no real estate included, and the overall value of the estate is $50,000 or less, it is possible to use the procedure for Small Estates.

This procedure is supposed to be streamlined. Keep in mind, however, that even an estate classified as small is subject to very specific rules. There are rules about these matters which include:

  • Claims by creditors against the estate
  • Proving whether a will was valid
  • Appointment of an executor or administrator
  • Notice to heirs or beneficiaries

Amy Broom Pollina can explain to you how this all works and make sure your interests are protected.

How Probate Relates To Estate Planning

You may have heard people say it's good to create a trust or take other steps for distributing property in order to avoid going through the process of probate.

Keep in mind that is a generalization. It's true that probate can be a time-consuming process that involves significant expense. But it may or may not be true that trying to avoid probate would make sense in your specific circumstances.

For example, there may have been a divorce settlement in your family that affects the estate administration process.

Discuss your options with Amy Broom Pollina. She has the up-to-date knowledge of estate planning needed to guide you confidently through all aspects of the probate process.

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