Although it may be a difficult thing to think about, estate planning is an important step you can take to protect the interests of you and your family. A well prepared estate plan will help you ensure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are taken care of when you are gone. Proper estate planning can provide care for any minor children, the disposition of important assets like cash and real estate, and avoid loss of funds to estate tax or legal fees. Having an estate plan in place can make the difference between having your assets and other property distributed as you wish, versus having a court make decisions that may not reflect your intentions.
There are several tools that can be utilized to ensure that your desires are met, some of which include: wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, life insurance, and beneficiary designations and joint tenancy. When you meet with the estate planning attorney at Knight Legal, he will spend time to get to know you, your goals, and how your family works and he will help you find creative solutions tailored to your specific circumstances.
If you are ready to take the first step toward achieving your personal estate planning goals and to explore your estate planning options, contact Knight Legal today for a free consultation.
The legal process of transferring property upon a person's death is known as "probate." Although probate customs and laws have changed over time, the purpose has remained much the same: people formalize their intentions as to the transfer of their property at the time of their death (typically in a will), their property is collected, certain debts are paid from the estate, and the property is distributed.
The probate process begins with a probate judge determining what property is left after you or your loved one has passed away, which is called the “estate.” Some property might be excluded from the estate, including any money already in trusts, and property you owned jointly with someone else. If you left a will, the court would first determine if the will is valid. The court will then work with the executor to wind down you or your loved ones affairs and dispose of your property according to the will. If you or your loved one died intestate, or without a will, the court will look to Tennessee’s intestacy statutes to determine how to divide the property.
At Knight Legal, we work hard to make the probate process as quick and painless as possible.
If you or your loved one passes away and their trust is not properly administered, the very people the trust was intended to benefit can be harmed. Further, the wishes of the trust creator may not be followed. We can help. If needed, we will work with you, your trustees, and your beneficiaries to ensure that your trust is properly handled while you are alive and after you have passed.
If you are handling a decedent's will or trust and need assistance with the administration of their estate, contact Knight Legal today.
Whether a C Corporation, S Corporation, Partnership, Limited Partnership, or Limited Liability Company, Knight Legal can help you set up a business entity that can result in both significant tax savings and limited liability. The effect is not only greater profitability, but protection of your personal assets. In addition to business formation, we can also assist you with contract review, business succession planning and dealing with employment and compliance issues. Contact Knight Legal today for all your business needs.
A native Tennessean, Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Austin Peay State University. During his time at Austin Peay, Ryan was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Student Government Association Senator, a Dean’s List Recipient and assisted in the creation and organization of the University’s first Pre-Law Society. Ryan went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Nashville School of Law and is licensed to practice in Tennessee.
Ryan has over eight years of experience in the legal field having worked in areas such as Estate Planning, Probate, Health Care Litigation, Elder Law, and Personal Injury. While earning his undergraduate degree, Ryan began his legal career working as a clerk for two general practice law firms in Clarksville, Tennessee. While he attended law school, Ryan had the opportunity to work for the Tennessee Judiciary for a division of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Upon earning his Juris Doctor, Ryan worked as a Litigation Attorney for the Tennessee Health Care Finance and Administration where he was later promoted to Lead Attorney. In 2017, Ryan moved to private practice and founded Knight Legal. In addition to Estate Planning, the firm focuses its practice on Estate Administration and Business Law.
Ryan is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors with international non-profit Switchboard Missions. Ryan is also a past member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and current member of the Tennessee Bar Association and American Bar Association.
When he is not working or volunteering, Ryan enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his wife, Annika and son, Soren.
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