Everyone Should Prepare A Will

Everyone should prepare a will. Preparing a will can save your loved ones a lot of time, money and frustration. It can also give you the peace of mind knowing that your family is taken care of because having a will means you choose how to distribute your assets based on your preferences and the needs of your family. To understand why, consider what happens when a person passes away without one.

Call The Law Office of Nichole Dusché to schedule your appointment today with an experienced wills lawyer at 615-861-1191.

Skilled Help For Wills And Other Personal Documents

The processes around probate, wills and other estate planning documents can be complex.

Wills. To be considered legally valid, your will must follow a list of formalities. For your will to accomplish what you want it to do, it must be drafted with great care. I find that my clients often feel a great sense of relief when they have completed a will, knowing that they have made their wishes known and done something good for their loved ones.

Power of attorney. Assigning a power of attorney allows someone else to make important financial and health care decisions for you when you can no longer manage those affairs for yourself. Choosing a trusted advocate is a critical decision and your attorney can answer any questions you may have about the responsibilities and legalities involved.

Living wills. A living will clearly states your wishes for whether or not you want life-saving measures performed on your behalf should they become necessary. For example, would you want CPR performed if your heart stops? Would you want to be kept alive on a ventilator if you can no longer breathe on your own? Documenting your wishes is important so people will know what you want if those situations arise. Being clear also takes the stress of these decisions off of your loved ones and keeps you in control.

When you come to me to probate a will or move an estate through probate, I know you are going through a difficult time. I will treat you and your family with personal attention and compassion to make the process go as smoothly as it can.

How Does Tennessee Probate Work?

When a person dies without a valid will, all of his or her property — including real estate, bank accounts, valuable possessions and sentimental items — generally becomes known as the person's estate. Without a will to determine how this property should be distributed, Tennessee probate courts rely on state guidelines, which distribute the property across the person's family tree according to a pre-existing formula.

This way of settling an estate is time-consuming and expensive. The end result is often very different from what the person would have wanted. I know that every family is different, and state inheritance guidelines don't always fit the needs of every family or the wishes of the individual. Having a will ensures that your assets are distributed based on your preferences.

Schedule An Appointment

To get started preparing your will, or to learn more about wills and probate law, call my Nashville office today at 615-861-1191. You can also send an email to make your appointment. I've assisted people in many different counties surrounding Nashville. I can help you and your family too.