Will Preparation

The legal team at Vance Law Office, PLLC can help you with the sensitive tasks involved in will preparation.

Tennessee Attorneys You Can Trust With Your Will Preparation

While some people are hesitant to have a written will, thinking it’s bad luck, or think it’s something far off they won’t need, so they put it off the process for another day, it is always a good idea to have a last will and testament prepared. It can protect your assets, make sure your children are cared for if you pass away, and make sure that your final wishes are respected. At Vance Law Office, PLLC, we offer sensitive, caring, legally comprehensive will preparation services. We know you want to be prepared, and we make sure that everything is settled in your will, exactly how you want it.

What We Do

  • Initial consultation to understand your wishes, assets, and family dynamics.
  • Help you assess your assets, including real estate, investments, personal property, and accounts, to determine what should be included in the will.
  • Advise you on, and update, beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other financial assets to align with the will.
  • Assist you in choosing an executor (personal representative) who will be responsible for carrying out the provisions of the will.
  • Help designate guardians for minor children in the event of your passing.
  • Draft the will to include specific bequests, such as gifts of property, money, or sentimental items to your beneficiaries.
  • Include contingency plans in case beneficiaries predecease you, or other unforeseen events occur.
  • Ensure proper execution of the will, including the presence of witnesses and notarization, to make it legally valid.
  • Offer services to update existing wills, to make sure they match your wishes and financial circumstances.

Ask An Attorney About: Will Preparation

What is a last will and testament, and why do I need one?

A last will and testament is a legal document that outlines how your assets and affairs should be managed after your passing. You need one to make sure your wishes are followed, as well as to appoint guardians for minor children, and to specify beneficiaries and what they receive from your estate.

What happens if I die without a will in Tennessee?

If you die without a will, or “intestate”, your estate will go through the probate process and be divided based on Tennessee's laws of intestate succession will be used to decide how your assets will be distributed, typically to surviving spouses, children, and other close relatives.

Should I include funeral and burial instructions in my will?

Yes. It is a good idea to include these instructions in your will, but also make sure to communicate directly with your family and friends who will be planning your funeral and burial, so they know exactly what you want and can make sure everything happens as it should.