Frequently Asked Questions for Estate Planning Attorneys in Franklin, Brentwood & Columbia

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For estate planning to be effective, it must be personalized to fit your unique circumstances and your goals. It’s important for you to ask questions and to get complete answers from a knowledgeable estate-planning attorney. The Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates offers this short list of frequently asked questions for prospective clients. If you have additional questions, call and make an appointment to meet with a wills and trusts lawyer today.

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  • If I can go online to get a will form, why do I need to pay an attorney?
  • What are the grounds for contesting a will?
  • Does Tennessee allow me to establish a land trust?
  • What is power of attorney?

If I can go online to get a will form, why do I need to pay an attorney?

You can create a valid will with an online form, but you cannot get the benefit of sound legal advice. You should not only want to create a will that survives challenges in probate court; you should want to create a will that accomplishes what you intend in the manner that is most beneficial to your heirs. There is greater upfront cost to consulting an attorney, but it’s worth the investment if it means you can transfer your assets more cost-effectively.

What are the grounds for contesting a will?

A person with standing can contest a will on the following grounds:

  • The decedent was not of sound mind when signing the will
  • A beneficiary unduly influenced the will
  • The decedent did not sign the will
  • The will was not legally witnessed

A knowledgeable estate planning attorney can evaluate a will and the circumstances that went into creating it to determine if there are grounds for contesting it.

Does Tennessee allow me to establish a land trust?

A land trust is a legal entity that allows one person, a trustee, to hold land for use by another party, usually the grantor of the trust and the grantor’s heirs. Tennessee law does not recognize land trusts. An experienced wills and trusts lawyer can advise you on a number of trusts that Tennessee does recognize.

What is power of attorney?

Power of attorney is the legal authority to make decisions for the health and welfare of another. Power of attorney can be limited to finances or health matters. Seniors who begin to experience the infirmity of age should consider granting power of attorney to their responsible and loving adult children.