Handling a Small Estate
“Estate” means the belongings of a person who has died. Under Tennessee law, there are simplified rules for handling a small estate. A “small estate” is one in which the total value of the personal property of the estate is $50,000 or less. Many county probate courts have forms on-line to help you handle a small estate.
Below you will find links to written information, forms, and also how to ask a lawyer a question and/or how to get a lawyer to represent you.Some areas of the state have more information than others. You may wish to look at information from other areas as well as your own.
Section H of the American Bar Association’s Common Questions About Estate Planning
This publication gives general information about estate law and probate court. It does not cover laws specific to Tennessee.
Paying the Debts of a Deceased Relative: Who Is Responsible?
Notifying Social Security of Death
Changing Title on Vehicles owned by the Deceased – Affidavit of Inheritance
Frequently Asked Questions about Vehicle Titling & Registration.
TennCare Release Form
Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee
Volunteer Lawyers Who Will Answer Questions for Free Online
Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County
Still need assistance? Please speak to a librarian at your local library – they may have additional resources to assist you.