Several tasks necessary before starting probate

Having the responsibility of seeing a loved one's estate through to closure is not easy. Executors have a considerable number of obligations to attend to during probate, and it is of the utmost importance that they address each of those obligations correctly. Before the legal proceedings even get underway, Tennessee executors have their work cut out for them.

Because the executor must follow the decedent's wishes, it is important that he or she has the will. The will often provides a considerable amount of important information needed for probate. The executor will need to locate the will and read the document in order to understand the deceased person's wishes and to know who has been named as beneficiaries. The executor will then need to list those beneficiaries for contact.

It is also wise for the executor to inventory the loved one's assets and understand the liabilities associated with the estate. This information will prove useful after probate gets underway. Before the legal process can start, however, the executor will need to file the necessary documents with the court and wait for the judge to review the documents and admit the will for probate.

Just getting the probate process started can be time-consuming. After the proceedings get underway, the executor will have a lot on his or her plate. Individuals in Tennessee who have taken on this role may want to consider enlisting the help of experienced attorneys who could help with the necessary tasks of settling the final affairs of remaining estates.

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