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November2012

Tennessee Supreme Court cautions against laypersons using generic will forms

On November 16, 2012, the Tennessee Supreme Court decided In Re Estate of Thomas Grady Chastain.  In Chastain, the Court applied the doctrine of strict compliance in the execution of wills and held that the testator’s signature on the affidavit of attesting witnesses (also known as a “self-proving affidavit”) attached to the testator’s last will […]
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Election results and prospects for federal estate and gift taxes

–Contributed by Ed Smith Election 2012 has come and gone and this much we know:  Barack Obama is President, the Democrats control the Senate, and the Republicans control the House.  In other words, little has changed.  What that means for a host of tax issues remains to be seen, but those holding out hope for […]
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