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Probate Law Services in Chattanooga and Nashville

When a loved one passes away, navigating the complexities of probate can be overwhelming. Let the experienced attorneys at Clements & Eubanks guide you through this process. Our seasoned probate attorney, Terri Braswell Gilbert, offers compassionate and knowledgeable assistance to families in Chattanooga and across Middle Tennessee. With over 35 years of experience, she'll ensure a smooth and efficient administration of your loved one's estate.

Why Choose Clements & Eubanks For Probate Matters?

  • Local Expertise, Two Convenient Locations: Whether you're in Chattanooga or Nashville, we're ready to provide you with personalized support. Terri Braswell Gilbert leads our Chattanooga probate practice, while our Nashville team brings added resources and convenience.

  • Proven Track Record: Terri Braswell Gilbert's extensive experience in Tennessee probate law ensures your loved one's wishes are honored, and your interests are protected.

  • Family-Centered Approach: We understand the emotional nature of probate. Our attorneys approach each case with sensitivity, offering the support you need during this challenging time.

Probate Services In Tennessee

Terri Braswell Gilbert and the Clements & Eubanks team provide a wide range of probate services, including:

  • Will Validation and Contests

  • Executor/Administrator Representation

  • Asset Identification and Inventory

  • Debt and Tax Payment

  • Beneficiary Distribution

  • Intestate Succession (when there is no will)

  • Trust Administration

Terri Braswell Gilbert, Chattanooga Probate Attorney

A Chattanooga native, Terri Braswell Gilbert has practiced law for 36 years. After several years in the area of bankruptcy law, Terri made the transition to a more transactional practice drafting Wills and simple trusts, advance care plans, and helping clients through the estate administration process. Terri finds great satisfaction in helping those clients who want to be prepared for what comes next, but who have never really worked with an attorney. Terri is a ‘79 graduate of Hixson High School and graduated from UTK in 1983. She is a “VFL” (if you don’t know, just ask!) Terri earned her law degree from the University of Memphis in 1988. While in Memphis, she reconnected with a Hixson High classmate, Tim Gilbert, who was in Memphis building a golf course. The two married a few months after law school graduation. Terri and Tim returned to Chattanooga in 1989. The early change to a more transactional practice allowed Terri to be more involved with raising their two beautiful daughters and helping out with the family golf business. Terri and Tim love to spend time with their girls and sons-in-law and their sweetest baby granddaughter, Piper. Terri enjoys time with friends and extended family, travel, theater, reading, and watching the VOLS. Terri and Tim worship at Clear Creek Church of Christ. They love their church family and feel God has truly blessed them in every way.

Your Trusted Probate Partner In Tennessee

Clements & Eubanks attorneys have over 80 years combined experience practicing Probate Law in Tennessee. We are committed to making the probate process as stress-free as possible. Our attorneys have the knowledge and dedication to navigate the legal complexities, allowing you to focus on your family. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Probate

How long will the probate process take?

The length of probate in Tennessee varies. Uncomplicated cases might take around six months, but contested wills or complex estates can take a year or more.

How much does probate cost?

Probate costs include court filing fees, attorney fees, and potential appraisal or accounting expenses. The total cost depends on the size and complexity of the estate.

Do I need a probate attorney?

While not always legally required, a probate attorney can save you time, stress, and potentially even money by preventing costly errors and minimizing delays.

What happens if there is no will?

If someone dies without a will (intestate), Tennessee law determines how their assets are distributed, typically to close family members. This process can be more complicated and open to disputes.

Can I avoid probate altogether?

Yes, careful estate planning with tools like trusts and joint asset ownership can sometimes help minimize or even bypass probate. An experienced probate attorney can explain those strategies.

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