Harry Williams
Attorney and Counsellor at Law

Professional, Practical, Prompt
220 East King Street, Suite 110
Johnson City, TN 37601-0110
Tel 423.773.3382
Fax 423.328.8434
Signing of Last Will and Testament.


"Probate" Defined: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Receipt of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under a will. In Washington County, Tennessee, Chancery Court has jurisdiction of probate matters for the estates of all persons who die in that county. The probate court decides the legal validity of a testator's will and grants its approval by granting probate to the executor. The probated will becomes a legal document that may be enforced by the executor in other courts having  juridiction of other non-probate matters. A probate also officially appoints the executor, generally named in the will, as having legal power to dispose of the testator's assets in the manner specified in the will.

If a person dies without leaving a will, the probate court will appoint an administrator to administer the deceased person's estate.

We can probate a simple estate for as little as $495.00 plus costs.
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Small Estate Probate

If the value of the estate is $25,000 or less, a short form estate can be filed and the estate concluded without having to file full probate. If the value of the estate if over $25,000, full probate is required.


Your attorney can provide the forms you will need to file probate. Courts in the tri-cities have forms recommended for use in their probate divisions. For a list of forms used in Davidson County (Nashville) go to:

Real Estate

Regardless of the size or value of the estate, you will have to probate an estate when the deceased person owns real property that you want to transfer to another individual or entity. There is an abbreviated process that can be used for this purpose.

Brief Explanation of Probate in Tennessee

For a brief explanation of the probate process in Tennessee click here.

Probate Handbook 

For a comprehensive guide to probate in Tennessee click here. This document was prepared by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. We are not responsible for the accuracy or content of this Handbook.