Estate Law

Estate Planning, Administration, Elder Law

Putting your affairs in order through a comprehensive estate plan can bring peace of mind and confidence about the future. An experienced lawyer can help you achieve an estate plan that reflects your particular circumstances and needs. Our estate and elder practice includes comprehensive estate planning and effective representation through estate and trust administration, will contests and other estate litigation.

At Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC, estate and elder law matters are handled by attorneys Martha S.L. Black, Matthew C. Haralson, and P. Andrew Sneed.

Helping You Develop a Comprehensive Estate Plan

We assist clients with a wide range of estate and elder law issues under Tennessee law. Our estate planning attorneys will carefully evaluate your personal goals and honor your values while advising you on your estate planning or elder law options, including the following:

  • Simple and complex wills
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Estate, inheritance and gift tax planning and preparation
  • Business succession and liquidity planning
  • Health care and financial powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Special needs trusts and disability planning
  • Public benefit planning
  • Conservatorships, including contested conservatorships
  • Will contests, including will disputes involving duress or fraud
  • Asset protection

If you already have a last will and testament and other estate planning documents that were prepared in another state, we can work with you to ensure that your estate plan addresses concerns unique to Tennessee law.

Assisting Executors, Trustees and Beneficiaries

Estate administration or trust administration is the process of wrapping up the affairs of the deceased person's estate in accordance with the will or trust — if there is one. If you have been named executor or trustee of an estate or trust, our attorneys can guide you through the administration process.

Will Contests and Estate Litigation

In some cases, there are disputes about the administration of an estate or a trust, including disputes involving the appointment of the executor or trustee, breach of fiduciary duty and other estate disputes. We can represent a party involved in a will contest or other estate or trust litigation. If you are to receive items or property under a will or as an heir, we can help you protect your inheritance rights.