Q: Does the wife, in Tennessee, automatically get her diceased husband's personal property by law if he has no will?
My husband is "too busy right now" to draw up a will. We moved to Tennessee from Florida in Sept 2018 and bought a house with a mortgage. He has two daughters with families in Colorado. I am their step-mother. If he dies, does his personal property automatically go to me, his wife, by Tennessee law?
A: A surviving spouse is entitled to certain household goods and the family automobile if the deceased spouses dies without a will. Review Tennessee Code Section 30-2-101. The surviving spouse has other entitlements ( a homestead allowance and a "years support, etc ) but all of these are NOT automatic: the surviving spouse must take affirmative action to assert these claims after the death, Consult an experienced probate lawyer for specific advice.
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