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It was a very pleasant experience from the start. I felt very comfortable with Sharon and with Mr. Parham. He answered my questions, ensuring I understood everything. All was done in a very timely manner. Thank you....Parham Law!
Overall had a very positive experience - exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you.
With our relocation to Tennessee, it was necessary for us to review and update our estate planning documents. Mr. Parham provided outstanding legal services, and coordinated with our out-of-state attorney in updating various documents. Th...
With our relocation to Tennessee, it was necessary for us to review and update our estate planning documents. Mr. Parham provided outstanding legal services, and coordinated with our out-of-state attorney in updating various documents. The process was efficient and smooth, and the assistance of his legal assistant, Sharon, was very much appreciated. We highly recommend this firm and are grateful for the recommendation we received to engage this lawyer.
We are recommending Mike Parham and his associates 5+ stars. They explained their process well and provided our final documents on the timeline established (which in our case was within 7 weeks) after our first meeting. We are now in the ...
We are recommending Mike Parham and his associates 5+ stars. They explained their process well and provided our final documents on the timeline established (which in our case was within 7 weeks) after our first meeting. We are now in the process of funding our Trust receiving additional support from their firm to ensure we have handled that process properly. Many thanks Mike and Sharon!
- posted: Jul. 13, 2020
Tennessee residents with any form of assets may want to explore the benefits of creating a trust fund. Trust funds can be similar to wills in that they include instructions for how a person’s assets are to be distributed after their death, but trust funds are more complex than wills. Trust funds can also dictate when a person will come into possession of certain assets or property, and it can impact how those assets are taxed.
Avoiding probate court
When someone dies without a will or trust, a probate court will determine how that person’s assets are to be distributed based on what the law requires, which depends on whether the decedent was married or had children at the time of death. Even if a person dies with a will, the distribution of assets will still be overseen by a probate court, which can make the process take longer and be more expensive. Wills can also potentially be contested, and a court could decide to pass along assets in a way other than what the decedent intended.
Certain assets, however, like those held in a revocable living trust, can bypass probate court. Additionally, if you own property jointly with another person, that property would pass to the other person without going through probate.
Flexibility offered by trusts
Trusts are overseen by a trustee who is designated by the trustor, meaning the person who created the trust. A trustor can give the trustee the power to exercise discretion when distributing money to the trustor’s children based on their ages and certain life events, like a marriage. Parents can also specify when their children will inherit money left to them in the trust.
Since a living revocable trust is still considered part of the trustor’s estate, having a revocable trust will not reduce the taxes that a trustor pays on his or her assets, but it may have a tax benefit to potential heirs. An estate planning attorney may help you determine what type of estate plan is right for you.