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.

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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.

 

National

Section H of the American Bar Association’s Common Questions About Estate Planning

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/resources/estate_planning/estate_planning_faq.html

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?
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt004.shtm

 

Notifying Social Security of Death

http://www.ssa.gov/survivors/

 

Additional Resources

FORMS:

Changing Title on Vehicles owned by the Deceased – Affidavit of Inheritance

http://www.dmv.org/tn-tennessee/title-transfers.php

Frequently Asked Questions about Vehicle Titling & Registration.

http://www.nashvilleclerk.com/motor-vehicles/frequently-asked-questions/

 

TennCare Release Form

https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/tenncare/attachments/releaseform.pdf

 

Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee

http://www.tncourts.gov/forms-publications

 

LEGAL ADVICE:

Volunteer Lawyers Who Will Answer Questions for Free Online

http://www.tals.org/search-help

 

FIND REPRESENTATION:

Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County

http://www.tals.org/directory 

 

 

Still need assistance? Please speak to a librarian at your local library – they may have additional resources to assist you.

 

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