Tennessee Last Will & Testament Information


A Tennessee Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:


The testator must be eighteen years old or older. 


They must also be of ‘sound mind’.

The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).

The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid. The witnesses cannot be beneficiaries.

Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.

A Tennessee resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.


For smaller estates worth less than $25,000, Tennessee gives the option of a simplified probate. These begin 45 days after the death of the testator, although in specific circumstances, this time period may be waived. 


If you die without a will in Tennessee, your surviving spouse will be granted the whole estate unless you both share children. In this case, the spouse and children share equal amounts, however, the spouse’s amount cannot be below ⅓ of the total. 

Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Tennessee.

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