Murfreesboro Probate Attorney
Helping Rutherford County Residents Through Difficult Times
None of us want to think about what will happen when a loved one dies and what will happen to their estate. Unfortunately however, there are moments when those times come and probate is inevitable. It is in times such as these that you need a compassionate and dedicated probate attorney to guide you through the legal processes. Here at the LaRoche Law Office, I can handle all of your probate concerns. My firm understands how difficult the probate process can be on a grieving family and I am here to remind you that you are not alone.
Whether you have recently lost a loved one or a person you care about is no longer able to care for themselves, my firm can help give you peace of mind by getting their affairs in order and properly managing their estate. Probate is a complicated and confusing area of law and handling an estate can potentially add so much stress. Let my firm serve your family's needs during this difficult time. My firm handles a wide variety of Tennessee probate matters and I am dedicated to helping you and your family with all of your concerns. Speak with a Murfreesboro probate lawyer from my firm and learn how I can help you.
Probate Practice Areas
As the conservator, you are given the authority to make legal, financial and health decisions for your family member or loved one that is no longer able to care for themselves. My firm can assist in having the court appoint you as conservator so you can protect the wishes and best interests of your loved one.
If your loved one has recently passed, someone will need to administer the estate by paying off their outstanding debts, collecting their assets and distributing the inheritance to appointed heirs. If no will exists and the decease did not appoint an estate administrator the court will appoint an executor. You may be able to file a petition to serve as administrator.
Whether a will is drafted by a prestigious law firm or on the back of a napkin, estate planning documents can easily raise issues of interpretation and intentions. People can also begin to dispute whether or not there was undue influence of persuasion or if the will maker was coherent enough to understand what they were doing when the will or trust was created. My firm has extensive experience with estate litigation and I have a proven track record of success with these types of cases.
Here at my firm, I diligently help people with planning for the future. I have ample experience in drafting wills, trusts and powers of attorney. By preparing these legal documents you can secure a future for your loved ones and ensure that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes. You never know when your time will come, that is why the time is now to begin planning your estate. With a comprehensive plan and some help estate management techniques, you may be able to avoid the probate process altogether.
Tennessee residents have to be concerned about the federal estate tax and the Tennessee inheritance tax, which is going to be phased out by January of 2016. Since the federal estate tax only applies to very large estates valued over $5,340,000, it's the Tennessee inheritance tax that receives more attention.
The probate process involves proving that a will is valid, paying off claims against the estate and distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the will. Probate administration is required whenever there are assets in the decedent's individual name and the estate is valued over $25,000. Property transfer cannot be completed without having the estate pass through probate or administration proceedings.
Wills & Trusts
The importance of these documents should never be underestimated. With a valid revocable or irrevocable trust, you may be able to save your family the headache and added expense of going through probate. By putting your wishes down in writing you are actually protecting you're the loved ones that you are leaving behind. Prepare a will or a trust today so that your assets will be administered how you wish. Have these documents prepared by a competent lawyer because once it is set it stone you will want to ensure that it was done correctly and that it adheres to all the formalities of the law.
Small Firm Feel with a Personal Touch
Are you currently facing probate? Do you wish to prepare a comprehensive plan for you estate before you die? This area of law can get easily complicated. When you come to the LaRoche Law Office, I will sit down and take the time to listen to your goals and objectives and help you move forward. My firm provides personalized representation that is designed to meet your specific needs. I add a personal touch in all the cases that I handle and I can help you obtain your desired and favorable outcome. Contact a Murfreesboro probate attorney from my firm to schedule your free consultation today!