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?
A: In some states this can be a do-it-yourself project. This is not so much the case in Tennessee. To do this right you should hire a Tennessee probate attorney. The papers do need to be drawn up correctly and filed with the court.
A: You must file a small estate affidavit with the Probate Court. You are the affiant - You should use an attorney.
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