Wills, trusts, and probate can be a bit confusing. The majority of the time they are issues that arise when emotions are already on overload when faced with end-of-life decisions, or after the death of a loved one. It does not have to be confusing. Our attorneys represent executors, personal representatives, and heirs in probate matters. We also provide clients with estate planning counsel, helping them write wills and create other estate planning documents. When done proactively estate planning can eliminate tension and stress among surviving family members and can set a person’s mind at ease, and they can be sure it will all be sorted out the way they desire when they are no longer here.
At The Cave Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients in the eastern Tennessee region as well as out-of-area individuals whose responsibilities as executors require them to appear in local probate courts. We frequently represent clients in Kingsport, Morristown, Greeneville and all over East Tennessee in matters of wills, trusts, and probate. Our attorneys are knowledgable and empathetic to those having to deal with what can often be sensitive issues, especially among family members and we will be there every step of the way to eliminate confusion and make the process as seamless as possible.
Our law firm is a family-run business that has been operating in this part of Tennessee since 1974. With offices in Greeneville and the Tri-Cities, we have extensive experience with the probate process itself and with litigation arising from probate disputes. The goal of the probate process is to carry out the wishes of the deceased, fulfill any remaining financial obligations and distribute assets to the heirs. When disputes about this process arise, litigation may become necessary. Our attorneys undertake probate litigation as well as estate administration on behalf of executors.
Examples of Probate Matters
We manage probating of wills and administration of estates by completing tasks such as these:
- Notifying heirs, beneficiaries and creditors about the existence of the estate
- Publishing a notice announcing the existence of the estate to the public
- Reviewing and paying creditors claims
- Paying income and estate taxes
- Collecting and distributing the deceased’s assets as directed by the will
- Appearing in court when required
We also undertake probate litigation, such as will contests and removal of executors/personal representatives for breach of fiduciary duty. We handle estates with valid wills and those without (this is referred to as dying intestate).
Examples of Estate Planning
Our attorneys help clients draft wills, living wills/ advance health-care directives and powers of attorney for people in the Greeneville, Kingsport, Morristown and the Tri-Cities region. Documents such as these are what most people require to make arrangements for their children, their property and their wishes for end-of-life care. We can help in all matters of wills, trusts, and probate, or estate planning. We can put into words exactly who benefits from an estate and to what extent.