Estate Planning

Most people think that estate planning is something you can put off until you're older. I always try to remind my clients that you may not be able to predict the future, but you can always plan for it. Whether you're just starting a family or just starting to plan your retirement, there's no time better than the present to begin preparing an estate plan. 

Here at the Winston Law Center, we specialize in providing high-quality estate planning services that can help you ensure that the needs of you and your family are taken care of. From drafting and signing a will, to establishing a family trust or powers of attorney, I have the knowledge and experience to help you protect what matters most and preserve your legacy.

I also have extensive experience helping clients navigate the complicated process of probate, and can assist with the process of assessing the value of assets, paying off debts, and distributing property. 

Do I Really Need a Probate Attorney?

Like most legal situations, you're not required to have an attorney, but having one can make the entire process a lot simpler. The purpose of probate is to prevent fraud when handling the estate after someone dies. Probate allows the courts to freeze the estate until a judge can appoint an executor, identify and appraise all assets of the estate, and notify all relevant individuals who stand to be named as a beneficiary.

If you have been named by the court to act as the executor of an estate, it will be your responsibility to gather all of the assets of the estate, have them appraised, sell the assets to pay off all debts and taxes owed by the estate, and distribute any remaining property to the beneficiaries. The larger the estate, the more complex and time-consuming the process can be. Working with an attorney can not only simplify the process, but it can also ensure that every last detail is accounted for before the estate is closed. As an experienced probate attorney, I can walk you through the process step by step, and answer all of your questions along the way.

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Creating a Will or Power of Attorney

As you may already know, a will is a binding legal document that details how an individual, often referred to as the testator, wants their property and affairs handled after death. Tennessee law stipulates that for any will to be considered valid by the courts the testator must be at least 18 years old, of sound mind, and two or more witnesses must sign the will. Tennessee will also honor nuncupative wills, otherwise known as an oral will, under certain conditions. 

Establishing a power of attorney is a legal tool that you can use to grant a named individual the power to make health care and end-of-life decisions on your behalf. Like a will, establishing a power of attorney requires the signature of two witnesses and must outline specific authorization to make health care decisions. 

Don't Wait. Start Planning Your Future Today.

While facing the prospect of making plans for your death can be difficult, the benefits of such planning can be far-reaching. You can save your loved ones from the complex and time-consuming process of probate, not to mention the emotional burden of making decisions in the midst of grieving a personal loss. Setting up an estate plan can help you protect what matters most and ensure the ones you love are taken care of. So don't wait. Reach out to my office today to get started.

Knoxville, TN Estate Planning Attorney

If you’re looking for guidance when it comes to estate planning, reach out to the Winston Law Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. With years of experience creating wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and more, attorney Alex Winston can help you ensure all of your estate planning needs are taken care of. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation.