Estate Planning Knowledgeable Nashville Estate Planning Attorney Compassionate Legal Advice for Your Future If you wait until the time feels right, the need for estate planning will take you by surprise. Judge Penny Harrington guides you through the basic aspects of a properly planned personal estate. Wills A properly drafted last will is the foundation of a well-planned estate. Your beneficiaries may include: People Pets Companies You are the trustee during your lifetime A successor trustee distributes your property to your beneficiaries Funds in the trust avoid probate costs Disability Dementia Substance abuse Name a person who will make health care decisions for you Specify the medical interventions that you do or do not want Define your terms of an “acceptable quality of life” Proving the validity of the will Accounting for the expenses of the estate Distributing assets to the beneficiaries Trusts There are many reasons to put property in trust. The one most commonly used in estate planning is a revocable living trust. Some benefits are: Guardianship In Tennessee, a person who is appointed by the Court to provide protection, assistance, and supervision of an adult is called a conservator. Reasons for this arrangement often include: Living Wills A living will, formally known in Tennessee as an advance care plan, is an important document that allows you to specify your wishes if you are permanently incapacitated. You can: Probate Tennessee law refers to the executor of a will as a personal representative. If you are given this role, you need an experienced probate lawyer to help you meet your many responsibilities, including: Prepare for Your Future with Confidence Penny Harrington knows Tennessee estate law thoroughly. If you are ready to begin your estate planning with an experienced and sensitive attorney, contact Harrington Law Office today.