In Tennessee, a Court may appoint a Conservator for a person who lacks mental capacity to handle his / her own affairs. But what exactly does a Conservator DO and what are the responsibilities of the job?
All adults in Tennessee are legally considered to be competent and to have the ability (or capacity) to make their own decisions – about their finances and their own medical issues. However, sometimes an adult can suffer disability through a tragic injury, disease, or (in many cases) through the aging process and the deterioration of one’s mental abilities (i.e. Alzheimer’s or dementia type symptoms).
Who gets someone’s property when there is no will?
I have had several clients approach me about a loved one who has died without a will ….. clients with questions about who gets what property, how real estate is handled, and whether probate will be required to distribute the decedent’s estate.
You strongly suspect that your deceased family member’s will was obtained, by another family member or individual, through “dubious circumstances.” How should you proceed? What is the legal basis to challenge a probated will in Tennessee, and what is the process involved?
The financial exploitation of older Americans by their own families, friends, acquaintances, and salespeople is a serious problem in our country – particularly as the number of older citizens increase. It is estimated that more than 2/3 of elder abuse perpetrators are family members.