My Loved One Just Died. What Do I Do Next?

When you lose a loved one, the process where your loved one's assets are distributed and debts are settled is known as probate. If you are the personal representative (also known as the executor/executrix or administrator/administratrix) for the estate, there will be several important steps you must take to help the process move smoothly.

Of course, this is no time to have to worry about doing this on your own. At the Sevierville, Tennessee, Law Offices of Franz F. Springmann, Sr. and Andrew N. Wilson, we are a family firm, and we know that you should be able to focus on your family. That is why we take on the complex estate administration work for you.

What Are The Steps Of The Probate Process?

As a client of estate lawyer Andrew Wilson, you can count on him to do everything. That includes:

  • Searching for and locating the will and assessing the estate
  • Filing the proper petitions, including to appoint a representative
  • Giving proper notice to creditors and giving them time to file claims
  • Opening an estate checking account
  • Distributing assets according to the will, including doing proper property transfer work
  • Objecting to inappropriate claims against the estate
  • Paying taxes and receiving approval from TennCare

Why You Need A Lawyer

Without a lawyer assisting you, the probate process can take longer and drain more money from the estate. It can be difficult to transfer property and pay out claims. The government could eventually capture a part of the estate. Additionally, if you fail to notify the right creditors, you could be held personally liable for their losses.

By handling these matters for you in a professional, detail-oriented manner, the probate process could be over in six to nine months. In most cases, our clients never have to personally appear in court. We understand the system, know the courts and judges and can often schedule faster court dates.

Schedule A Free Consultation Today

There is no substitute for the experienced guidance that a probate attorney can provide during this difficult time. We are ready to provide peace of mind of you and your family, and we invite you to schedule a free consultation to learn more. You can reach us via email or by calling our office in Sevierville at 865-280-1099.