After the death of a loved one, those left behind will find themselves facing the task of settling the decedent’s Tennessee estate. This can mean cleaning his or her home, preparing it for sale and even navigating legal and financial matters that must be resolved before closing the estate. Settling an estate is not easy, and it often requires probate, which is a process that has various requirements and can take a significant amount of time to complete.
The requirements one must meet
The probate process is overseen by a specific individual either appointed by the decedent in his or her will or appointed by the court. This person will carry the responsibility of ensuring all requirements are met and the terms of the estate plan left are followed closely and accurately. Some of the required steps in the probate process include:
- Valuation of all assets associated with the estate
- Organization and payment of remaining tax returns
- Payment of remaining debts associated with the estate
- Notification of creditors and beneficiaries
With a straightforward estate and no complications, probate may take only a few months to complete. However, if there are disputes over the will or other problems, it may take months longer or years to complete.
Assistance with probate
Probate is a complicated legal process, and the executor and other interested parties would be wise to have assistance at every step. A Tennessee family will benefit from securing knowledgeable guidance as they complete probate and settle the estate of their loved one. This is possible by seeking the counsel of an experienced estate law attorney before moving forward.