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Last Will & Testament

Kane & Crowell Can Help You Write a Last Will and Testament

Planning for the future is crucial to ensuring your wishes are honored, and your loved ones are provided for after your death. One of the most important documents to have in order is the Last Will & Testament. While it is possible to draft this document independently, enlisting the help of an experienced attorney can provide numerous benefits and peace of mind.

Lebanon TN Attorneys Experienced in Last Will & Testaments

Each state has specific laws and requirements governing the creation and execution of Wills. An attorney who practices in Tennessee should be well-versed in the law. Therefore, ensuring that your Last Will & Testament complies with all legal requirements. Our attorneys understand Tennessee state law. This includes understanding nuances such as:

  • Witness requirements: Tennessee requires that a Will be signed by the testator (the person making the Will) in the presence of at least two competent witnesses.
  • Holographic Wills: Tennessee recognizes handwritten Wills, but they must meet specific criteria to be considered valid.
  • Revocation and amendments: Knowing how to properly revoke or amend an existing will to reflect your current wishes.

Wills Tailored to Your Specific Needs

Every individual’s situation is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach often falls short. Our attorneys can tailor your Last Will & Testament to your specific circumstances and goals. This includes:

  • Specific bequests: helping you detail specific items or amounts of money to be given to particular individuals or organizations.
  • Complex family dynamics: Addressing situations like blended families, estranged relatives, or providing for children from previous marriages.
  • Special needs: Making provisions for family members with special needs without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits.

A properly drafted Will can significantly reduce the likelihood of disputes among your heirs. Our experienced attorneys can help ensure that your intentions are clearly articulated and legally sound, which can:

  • Prevent misunderstandings: Clear and precise language will help prevent misunderstandings leading to conflicts among beneficiaries.
  • Reduce the risk of contests: A Will that adheres to legal standards and clearly reflects your intentions is less likely to be successfully contested in court.

Addressing Tax Implications and Financial Planning

At Kane & Crowell, our attorneys can provide guidance on the tax implications of your bequests and help you structure your estate tax-efficiently. This includes:

  • Estate taxes: Understanding any potential estate tax liabilities and how to mitigate them.
  • Trusts: Setting up trusts to manage and protect assets, provide for minor children, or achieve other financial planning goals.

Ensuring Proper Execution and Storage

A Last Will & Testament must be properly executed to be legally binding. At Kane & Crowell, we can oversee the execution of your Will, ensuring that it is signed and witnessed correctly. Additionally, we advise on secure storage options so your Will is accessible when needed and protected from loss or tampering.

We Are Here If You Need to Change or Revoke Your Will

Life circumstances change, and your Will should be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect these changes. Our attorneys can assist with:

  • Regular reviews: Periodic reviews of your Will to ensure it aligns with your current wishes and circumstances.
  • Amendments: Make updates or amendments as needed. Such as after the birth of a child, a significant change in assets, or a change in relationships.

Kane & Crowell: Experienced Last Will & Testament Attorneys in Lebanon, TN

Creating a Last Will & Testament is critical in ensuring your wishes are honored, and your loved ones are cared for after death. While it may be tempting to use online templates or draft one independently, the expertise and guidance of an experienced attorney are invaluable. We are here to help you gain peace of mind. By ensuring your wishes are legally sound and tailored to your unique needs, you can provide a lasting legacy of care for those you leave behind.

Kane & Crowell, PLLC is a premier one-stop legal firm for major life transitions. For more than 26 years, we have served the people of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Carthage, Gallatin, Gordonsville, Brush Creek, Hartsville, Hendersonville, Lafayette, Portland, and Watertown. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the details of Last Will & Testament preparation and planning. We’d love to speak with you today. Call us at (615) 784-4800.