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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
Email: harrywilliams@charter.net

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Wills and Directives

Have You Completed the Things on Your Bucket List?

A "bucket list" is a list of things you want to do before you die. Popularized by the 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, the main plot follows two terminally ill men on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket."

Last Will and Testament

I'm sure we all have things that we would like to do before we kick the bucket - such as see the Vols win another national championship, live to see the ETSU Bucs play football again, suffer through a heavy rain without reading how downtown Johnson City was flooded, or go fishing in Canada with Harry, Neal, Darrell and Gary.

These things are all well and good but the single most important thing to do before we kick the bucket is - make a will.

We can prepare your last will and testament
for as little as $195.00
DON'T DELAY Call us today 423.7733382 harrywilliams@charter.net  

Anatomy of a Will

house willA Will or Testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his/her estate and provides for the distribution of his property at death. In the strictest sense, a "Will" has historically been limited to real property while "testament" applies only to dispositions of personal property (thus giving rise to the popular title of the document as "Last Will and Testament"), though this distinction is seldom observed today. A will may also create a testamentary trust that is effective only after the death of the testator. A will may either be handwritten or typed. If handwritten, no formalities apply; if typed the following formalities apply.

•  The will should name the person who is to administer the will and a stand-in who can act in certain circumstances;

•  The will should state what is to be paid first, for example funeral and other expenses;

•  The will should state who is to receive your land (real estate) and your personal property;

•  The will should state who gets what is the left over (residue);

•  The will should be signed by the testator;

•  The will should be witnessed by a least two persons;

•  The will should be notarized;

•  The testator, the witnesses and the notary should all be in the same room when the will is signed and notarized;

•  It is not necessary to read the will when it is signed; and

•  The will should be kept in a safe place with copies to be given to a close relative and your attorney. 

For a free consultation about your last will and testament and advanced directive call 423.773.3382 or email: harrywilliams@charter.net

Advanced Directives

In 2004, Tennessee law was revised to recognize more than one written advance directives for health care decision making: the “Living Will” or “Advance Care Plan” and the “Medical Power of Attorney” or “Appointment of Health Care Agent”.

You can download the new forms and information about these directives from this site or go to the Tennessee Department of Health website set forth below. All forms have a special section for you to write in specific comments about circumstances in which you would not want CPR, a feeding tube, dialysis, or treatment with a breathing machine. You should discuss these comments with your family and doctor so they can better understand what is important to you in receiving medical treatment.

You can use these documents to let your family and doctor know your decisions for health care if you become unable to decide for yourself. You can appoint someone you know and trust as your health care decision maker to ensure that your choice or decision is honored.

Advanced Directive Forms

For more information about Advanced Directives go to the Tennessee Department of Heath website: health.state.tn.us/advancedirectives/