Chattanooga, TN asked in Probate for Tennessee

Q: In TN does the probate attorney have to keep the heirs of the estate informed of the status of the probate case?

My mother died without a will in October 2018. My step-father is the personal representative and has hired an attorney who began the probate case. I have not received copies of any documents filed in court nor do I know the status of the case. The probate attorney does not return my calls nor correspondence. After being contacted in the beginning are heirs only contacted again if there is any remaining property to be distributed? Are they notified of the probate case being closed? I have not found any statutes that state if heirs have "rights"/

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The Probate attorney does not represent the interested parties in the Estate. Many Probate documents filed with t he Court do not have to be served on anyone. I suggest you go to the Probate Court and read the File. If it is incomplete, wrong, etc., hire an attorney to represent you.

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