Preparing Last Wills And Testaments In Tennessee

A properly prepared estate plan provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children, and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. The cornerstone document for such an estate plan is a will, also referred to as a "last will and testament."

At the Brentwood law firm of Russ Cook & Associates, PC, we prepare estate planning packages for individuals, families and entertainers throughout Middle Tennessee. A will is a necessary part of every package we provide. A will names an executor to control your estate when you die, names the beneficiaries of your estate and the amounts they are to receive, and names the guardian for minor children.

Why You Should Have A Will

If you die intestate — without a will — a court determines how your property will be distributed, who will care for your children, and even what will happen to your beloved pet — decisions that might not reflect your desires. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend, or charity.

Even a simple will can help alleviate some of your concerns about the future and the financial stability of your family. However, a will can do much more than simply provide a roadmap to those left behind. A will can also establish a trust or trusts that will help you:

  • Reduce or eliminate federal estate and state inheritance taxes
  • Control assets for beneficiaries who are incapable of handling money
  • Maintain privacy regarding your financial affairs and personal and business assets

Contact A Skilled And Certified Estate Planning Attorney

If you do not have a will or have not recently reviewed your existing will, now is the time to take steps toward putting your future into your own hands, especially if you have children or you have married, divorced, or remarried.

Let us help you understand your options and draft a will that will instruct those left behind — including your executor or administrator — about your wishes. Send us an email or call us at 615-200-9117 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our Nashville lawyers.