Costner & Greene
Call Today for the Answers You Deserve
865-238-4710 | 877-381-6564
865-238-4710
Responsive, Experienced & Professional
View All Practice Areas

2 words in a will would have prevented a legal battle

A lot of Americans believe that inheritance should be simple. They think a child or other appointed heir should get everything that a person owned when he or she died. Many people live by that principle, never bothering to make estate plans or write a proper legal will. But this is not a good strategy, as inheritance can get complicated without clear instructions.

An attorney is often the key to a proper estate plan, as a legal professional can study the many intricacies of large estates and help writers of wills save on taxes or save for their family with instruments like trusts and payable-upon-death accounts. Attention to detail is key, because anything left to interpretation may be left to a probate court.

A major inheritance in Tennessee is at stake in a strange legal battle that some argue was caused by a typographical error. The holder of ancestral lands worth millions specified in his will that his sister's children would inherit if his son died before him. Two religious institutions, a law school and a nonprofit would receive equal shares of the estate if there were no surviving heirs.

The complication comes from the son's death at the age of 21 shortly after his father died. Since the son left no children and no will, the institutions are arguing they are the beneficiaries of the elder man's estate, while a judge in Mississippi ruled the sister's children should inherit.

The inclusion of two words in the final draft would have cleared up the confusion. When details of estates matter the most, you want a legal professional on your side.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

When you need legal help, we are here for you.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Request Legal Help Now

315 High Street Maryville, TN 37804 Toll Free: 877-381-6564 Phone: 865-238-4710 Maryville Law Office Map