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How to successfully navigate probate

When a person passes on, probate is the process that is used to finalize his or her affairs and ensure that all property is distributed in the appropriate manner.

In some cases, probate is not necessary. An example of this is when a person dies with a trust in place, not a will.

Teen drivers and summertime driving

When school lets out for the summer, it means one thing: More and more teen drivers will be hitting the road.

According to data compiled by AAA, the number of fatal teen car accidents increases by 15 percent during the summer months. In fact, the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is referred to as "the 100 deadliest days of summer."

Do you know the reasons to update your estate plan?

Many people create an estate plan and put it out of sight for the rest of their life. Others, however, realize that making changes every now and again is in their best interest.

There are certain life events that should prompt you to review and potentially alter your estate plan. Consider the following:

Boy dies after car is hit by dump truck

A 2-year-old boy was killed when a dump truck crashed into the rear of his parents' vehicle in Nashville. Immediately following the accident on Interstate 440, the boy was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the treatment of critical injuries. However, he later died.

According to police, the 40-year-old man driving the dump truck was looking down when the accident occurred. It is believed that he was searching for items that were dropped onto the floor of the vehicle.

What to do if a loved one is killed in a car accident

When a loved one takes to the road, you know that he or she could be involved in an accident. While this isn't common, many people are killed and injured in motor vehicle accidents every year.

There are many situations that can lead to a fatality and subsequent wrongful death claim:

Understanding the wrongful death of a child

Can you think of anything more exciting than bringing a child into the world? While this is supposed to be one of the greatest joys of your life, it's possible that something could go wrong.

In the most serious of situations, a fetus or newborn child could pass away. If this happens, the parents are often left wondering why. As a result, many parents turn their attention to determining if somebody else, such as a doctor or another medical professional, was at fault.

What goes into the creation of your first estate plan?

Creating an estate plan is a big step in your life. While many people put this off, some realize how important it is to tackle the task as soon as possible.

Although there are challenges associated with creating your first estate plan, there are some basic steps you can take:

What are the main responsibilities of a will executor?

When you create a will, you need to name an executor. While this may not sound like a big decision, it's important to realize that this person is responsible for a variety of tasks.

Here are some of the many things that the executor of a will may have to do:

Why do people text and drive?

Despite laws to prevent it, drivers continue to text and drive. There are many reasons for this, none of which make it an acceptable behavior.

Here's the problem with texting and driving: Even if you avoid this behavior as to remain safe, others don't always take the same approach. This can put you in a difficult spot.

The biggest danger of being a motorcyclist

If you are a motorcyclist, you know the pleasures of the open road. In fact, that freedom could be the top reason you joined the club of fellow bikers.

However, it also opens you up to being at the mercy of others. In fact, many motorcyclists cite other drivers on the road as the biggest danger facing them.

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  • Tennessee State Courts - TNcourts.gov
  • Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LAET - Legal aid of east Tennessee - Justice for all
  • Board of Professional Responsibility of supreme court of Tennessee