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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: 30 years I've lived at this address with my wife and she did not leave me anything when she died. Do I have any options?

There was no abuse of any kind she amended her will several times and added and removed me each time.

Thank you!

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 26, 2021

Yes. You can claim an elective share against the estate and depending on the number of years you were married you can claim a percentage of the net estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: As a beneficiary named in a decedent's will, am I able to file a muniment of title to obtain ownership to decedent's hom
Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 2, 2021

Yes, If you are named to inherit the real property

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Tennessee on
Q: Would a General & Durable POA be what I need?

I am looking for something to have in place to help my mom (who lives in TN) with any financial, health and/or legal issues that may arise in the present and in the future when/if she becomes incapacitated.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 12, 2021

You will need a duradle power of attorney for legal. You may also need a power of attorney for health care.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Should I file a police report to have charges pressed against my former business partners for fraud/theft?

In 2020, I joined a couple opening a business for a 25% share of the company. Since that decision I was working full time on the business putting in 80 hours a week average. My business partners told me their capital investment was through spending money on the business out of their personal... Read more »

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Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 3, 2021

Yes, but better to sue them for fraud and go for civil damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: If i walk off a job and it is not completed as an LLC because owner keeps changing the scope of work can i be charged

The owner keeps adding work but doesnt want to pay for it.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 3, 2021

When you agreed to the work did you have an invoice stating what you were going to do as a contractor? You should never do work unless the other party agrees to pay.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee on
Q: My father died. No will. He was remarried. The century old family farm was in both of their names. What happens now?

Is there any way for me to fight for the farm?

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Feb 1, 2021

You and his wife are both heirs at law - not her children.You should contact an attorney concerning the nexts steps.

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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee on
Q: grandsons estate

he died at age 24. i raised him. had legal custody.. ofc he had no will. he has money from shares in stock coming. his mom refuses to deal with it. can i be the executor? if not how long before it would go to unclaimed property? its been a year since his death..

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Dec 23, 2020

Yes - you can file an estate and request to be appointed administrator.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee on
Q: My uncle is refusing to sign quit quit deed, for his sisters home that was left to me in her will. What can I do?

Her entire estate was left to me in her will. My uncle (her brother) wasn’t named at all in will. The title company helping with the closing of the home sale is insisting that even thou he isn’t listed on deed or will that he needs to sign this form.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Sep 3, 2020

First check the register of Deeds to see if the Uncle is on the Deed. If not, take the will to a Lawyer and file a petition to probate the estate. The attorney will guide you through the process.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: i recently rcvd a summons to appear in probate court for a civil action filed how do i respond i am an heir liveoutstate

it has been ongoing there is a settelment on the table but i dont know anything about it will i be held responsable for any monies if i dont apear i have rcvd nothing from the estate how do i defend againdt this action

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on May 5, 2020

You should have an attorney review the summons and complaint

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Tennessee on
Q: Being charged ON Campus fees (for an ONLINE course) when no campus services are available be deceptive business practice

Being charged ONLINE fee and ON Campus fees when the course is only ONLINE. There is no benefit graduate students have from these ON CAMPUS fees and no lecture is given ON CAMPUS due to the course being ONLINE.

CAMPUS is now closed yet graduate students still being charged for ON CAMPUS... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on May 1, 2020

Interesting situation. While I agree completely that you should not be charged for on campus services if you are engaged in-line. It would depend on the contract between you and the university. I would first contact the Registrars office by telephone to attempt a resolution

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Can i contest a will after father has been dead for less then 2 years

Father was to sick to change will after DNA was taken .

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Apr 25, 2020

Yes. So long as you have standing to contest the will - meaning you would have inherited if there was not a will or if you were in an earlier will. You will need an attorney to represent your interests.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee on
Q: Husband died. All assets were jointly owned except 1 Roth account worth $30K. Do I have to name our 2 adult children as

heirs when I file my small estate affidavit in Rutherford county Tennessee. All I am looking to do is transfer husbands funds into my own Roth account. Technically there was no will, but I did find a handwritten, signed paper from my husband stating that all his worldly possessions were left to me.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Mar 4, 2020

The Roth account might have a beneficiary identified - Check with the institution holding the Roth account. You may not need to open a small estate

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: I have a dispute with my publisher over editing. Can I get out of the contract?

The editor has gone far beyond normal practices in actually rewriting parts of the manuscript, adding unrealistic dialogue, and changing characters.

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Nov 18, 2019

Depends on the wording of the contract - get with a attorney to get it reviewed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Received a citation for no insurance during a lapse in my policy. The day after I purchased insurance. Court date soon?!

I have never been in an accident/never received a ticket before. I stopped my coverage due to car repairs ~awhile~ back and being a full time university student I let my self slip in the financial responsibility. I didn’t have insurance during the time of being pulled over but not even 24 hours... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Nov 15, 2019

Just arrive at court early and show the documents to the Judge when you are called and explain what happened.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a hearing for a criminal simulation charge for passing a bill that was fake but I had no idea it was not real

The bill was play money not counterfeit does that make a difference

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Sep 26, 2019

Criminal offenses require intent. You need to speak to an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: How do I file a small estate affidavit in order to claim my son's life insurance policy?

My son died without a will. His father, sister, and I are his next of kin. I have no knowledge of any assets or debts. The insurance company requires a small estate affidavit with a federal EIN number to consider payment. Do I have to be the "affiant", or is the insurance company?

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Aug 27, 2019

You must file a small estate affidavit with the Probate Court. You are the affiant - You should use an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: Deformation, lost wages, emotional distress. Investor for start up. Wanted 40% after 3mo in. Can I sue!

Contracts with local clients- established. Investor wanted to deposit “monies” from unknown sources into business account. I am a Lease holder and investor has put myself and the employees out. Investor has made slanderous comments to members of the business community. I have lost all wages,... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Aug 19, 2019

Based on the facts provided you may have a claim for tortious interference with business relationship.

3 Answers | Asked in Probate for Tennessee on
Q: I went through Probate as the estate admin. I received the Quit Claim and apparently the case is over. Or is it?

The property includes a bank account. Since the quit claim is for real estate, how are bank accounts outlined and settled in the Probate process? I am currenty Estate admin of the account with restricted access from the bank. What paperwork do I need to have the restrictions removed?

I... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Jul 10, 2019

There are requirements that must be met before closing an estate, such as a TennCare release, publication, etc. If you are administrator of an intestate estate you should have received letters of Administration that will permit you access to accounts.

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