Murfreesboro Wills And Probate Attorneys

The Elder And Special Needs Law Center

This is a service of attorney John H. Baker III, of counsel with Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans, located at 307 Hickerson Drive, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

John provides counsel and advocacy in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs, long-term care, veterans pension benefits, probate, trusts, guardianship and conservatorship.

John H. Baker III provides assistance at two critical stages of the estate process:

  • When an individual seeks to put his or her affairs in order before death
  • After death, administering the estate and probate processes to ensure lawful and just distribution of assets

John can assist you with every aspect of estate planning, including the creation of these critical documents.

Five Estate Actions Essential For Peace Of Mind

  1. Make a will. A properly drafted will is a roadmap showing how you intend to distribute your life assets after death. It is the single most important document you need to complete. Without a will, your estate will be divided by the state, and your wishes will be overridden.
  2. Draw up powers of attorney. These are two critical documents that appoint a trusted individual or individuals to make your financial and your health care decisions in the event that you are unable to make them.
  3. Draft a living will. This document lets you state your wishes regarding continued treatment if you are unable to speak for yourself.
  4. Filing a living trust. A living trust is a revocable trust that allows you to pass along assets without going through the probate process. Ask John H. Baker III about other powerful trust ideas.
  5. Get HIPAA authorization. This allows your doctors and other providers to speak with your family or other designated persons about your health condition. Otherwise, they are forbidden by law to talk to you.

Steady And Even-Handed Administration Of Probate Matters

Following the death of the decedent, John H. Baker III is available to walk clients through the tasks associated with probate, including:

  • Assessing the amount of debt owed by the estate
  • Paying taxes
  • Determining the total value of assets
  • Dealing with contested wills
  • Liquidating assets
  • Identifying issues of undue influence and competency questions
  • Managing business continuity issues

We are available to discuss legal issues of your own estate or to manage the administration of your estate after death. Call Murfreesboro wills and probate lawyer John H. Baker III at Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans of Murfreesboro at 800-673-1947, or email us a brief description of your situation. Our lawyers will be pleased to meet with you and discuss your expectations.