Estate Planning & Probate

Clarksville Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers

Providing Comprehensive Advice for Your Family’s Needs

At Goble & Yow Attorneys, PLLC, our Clarksville estate planning and probate lawyers know that the incapacity or death of a family member is an emotional time. Without the right estate documents, the challenges can mount as family members sort out the details, assert their right to oversee an estate, make important health decisions, or claim ownership of certain assets. Our lawyers have more than 35 years of combined experience in estate planning and probate matters. Call today to schedule your free consultation with our team and get started securing your family’s future.

Dial (931) 283-2311 now or contact Goble & Yow Attorneys, PLLC online to schedule a free consultation about your family’s case.

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You Can Plan for Unexpected Incapacity

One absolute certainty in life is that the future is uncertain. You cannot predict what will happen or when it will happen, but you can prepare for unknown situations. Addressing incapacity is something that many people put off until it is too late to prepare, and they are forced to react to a problem instead. Do not wait until a medical diagnosis or serious accident occurs to talk to a lawyer about incapacity and estate planning. Let Goble & Yow Attorneys, PLLC help.

Essential Incapacity Planning Documents

A comprehensive estate plan covers both incapacity and death. There are a few essential tools that can help you protect your assets and provide direction for your family should you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

These are:

  • Durable power of attorney: You grant authority to a person you trust to handle your financial affairs.
  • Health care power of attorney or proxy: You grant authority to a person you trust to make important decisions about your medical treatment and personal care.
  • Living will: This provides specific direction to your physician about lifesaving treatment and medical care.
  • HIPAA authorization: This document enables your health care proxy to make informed decisions about your care by giving your provider legal authority to release private medical information to your designee.
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Probate Is a Major Step in the Estate Administration Process

People often use the terms estate administration and probate interchangeably, but they are not the same. Estate administration is the process in which your assets are identified, inventoried, and distributed so all of your debts get paid. Your executor also pays all applicable inheritance (estate) taxes and addresses TennCare matters if the decedent received benefits.

Probate is the formal process in which a court validates your will and gives the executor the authority to perform the required administrative duties. In the absence of a will, the court will use intestacy laws to determine the distribution of your assets.

The administration of your estate can take several months to several years depending on the property and your estate plan. When you have a valid will and adequate estate plan, the process can be relatively simple. Discussing the choices you made for your estate plan with family members, guardians and other beneficiaries can also help avoid will contests.

Were You Named Executor to an Estate? Let Our Lawyers Help

The task of acting as an executor is very important, but it can be complicated and stressful. We can provide the guidance you need to get the job done as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Call us at (931) 283-2311 or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer.

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