Wills & Probate
Dependable Wills and Probate Attorneys in Franklin, Columbia and Brentwood
Addressing your estate planning and probate administration needs for 30 years
Estate planning is a necessary step to ensuring your loved ones, your business and your wishes are protected after you die. The probate process can be long and strenuous on your beneficiaries, which is why a solid estate plan is so important. When it comes time to organize the legacy you want to leave, call on the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates. Our attorneys in Columbia, Franklin and Brentwood have been providing trustworthy legal advice on estate planning for more 30 years. Our experienced litigation attorneys are fully capable of representing you in the probate court in disputes over a loved one’s will or intestate estate.
Do I really need a will?
Many people believe that they do not need a will. But, if you do not have a will at the time of death, your assets are distributed by the state. Take the time now to document your wishes and ensure that your hard-earned assets go to the beneficiaries you designate. You can learn more about estate planning and wills by reviewing our FAQ page.
Our clients come from all walks of life throughout Tennessee. They frequently ask us to draft their wills and help them with other estate planning and estate administration issues, including trust creation, retirement planning and charitable giving. Our Franklin wills attorneys can structure your assets to minimize tax liability as you plan for retirement and for succession.
Assistance with the complexities of Tennessee probate law
After a loved one dies, the last thing on your mind is probating his or her will. An estate administration lawyer can help you navigate your way through probate—the legal process of administering an estate—and help make this process as stress-free as possible so you can focus on your healing. Probate includes:
- Proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid
- Identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property
- Appraising property
- Paying debts and taxes
- Distributing property as directed by a will
- Transferring title and ownership of assets to the proper beneficiaries
If you or another family member contests a loved one’s will, you may need the services of a tough, experienced litigation attorney. For instance, a will can be contested on the following grounds:
- The decedent was not of sound mind when signing the will, challenging testamentary capacity
- A beneficiary unduly influenced the will
- The will was not signed by the loved one
- The will was not legally witnessed
As trial lawyers, we represent clients who want to ensure their rights are upheld in probate court throughout Middle Tennessee. We work diligently to bring expert medical testimony to the stand and interview witnesses, including other beneficiaries, relatives, and close friends to determine the intent of your loved one.
Contact a dependable wills and probate lawyer in Middle Tennessee
For more information on how to structure your estate and plan for the transfer of your property, or for help with the probate of a loved one’s estate, call the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates at 615-977-9370 or use our convenient contact form to schedule your free consultation at one of our offices in Columbia, Brentwood or Franklin. We also serve clients in Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Lawrenceburg and throughout Williamson County.