Hot Springs National Park, AR asked in Probate for Tennessee

Q: My Fiance passed away 2/26/2019. I found her Will and she left her share of the farms 60 acres which is 20 acres.

Plus all her personal belongings. She stated in her Will she did not want her daughters at her funeral. I have her journals that explain this. I want to know if I have rights? We lived together for 13 years. Her daughter's and sister broke into our home after her death searching for her Will. They took personal items even the funeral guest book. Since her passing the girls have been taking the crop checks for her share. I hope you can tell me if I do have any rights.

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You did not say TO WHOM her Will leaves the 20 acres and the personal property. If you meant to say that she left those things to you, and assuming the will is valid, then, yes, you have substantial rights, and you should hire a probate attorney right away to collect everything that she left to you, including things that have been stolen.

If her will did not leave anything to you, then it is extremely unlikely that you have any rights at all. Living together, even for a long time, does not confer any rights on you.

Frank J. Steiner agrees with this answer

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