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CoNSULTATION INFORMATION

Would You Benefit From The Free Consultation?

You probably have lots of questions. Is your situation simple enough to handle on your own? How do you make sure everything is done fairly? What if people disagree on things? Are there any rules or complexities you’re unaware of that could change everything? 

Probate can be a confusing, disorienting process even when everyone is on the same page and just wants everything handled correctly while honoring the loved one’s wishes.

If you're facing a potential dispute or feeling anxious about unfair or dishonest actions that could disrupt the estate process, the uncertainty is just adding stress to an already difficult time.

Every estate is unique, with its own set of nuances, challenges, and emotional undertones. Situations that start off clear and straightforward can quickly evolve into something more complex, and a single oversight could have significant legal and financial repercussions.

Even if your situation feels simple and straightforward, you can still benefit from expert advice simply to ensure you are on the right path. 

The Free Consultation is your opportunity to get answers to your most pressing questions, understand your options, avoid missing something important, and ensure you are on the right path – all without any cost or obligation. 

What Happens During The Consultation? 

01.

We’ll Take the Time to Understand Your Unique Situation

We'll start the Consultation by asking detailed questions meant to help us get to know you, understand the specifics of what you're facing, and grasp what's most important to you and why. 

You are not just another case. You are a person with a unique story and specific needs. You deserve a solution that's as real and individual as your situation, and that starts with us seeing things from your perspective.

02.

Help You Gain Understanding and Clarity.

The primary purpose of our Free Consultation is to provide you with a clear understanding of your situation, options, and circumstances and help you gain clarity about what lies ahead.

Once we are confident that we have a firm grasp of your unique situation and priorities, we will encourage you to ask all your questions and do our best to break down the legal aspects of your situation into clear, understandable terms.

03.

Break Down Your Options.

We then lay out your options and provide you with a clear understanding of each possible path, complete with its pros and cons.

Our goal is to equip you with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family. We'll make sure you leave the Free Consultation understanding each option, how it applies to your situation, and what it could mean for your future.

Don’t live with uncertainty. Get the answers you need and take charge of your situation.

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How Customers Feel About Our
Commitment, Service, and The Outcomes of Our Work.

Amazing Caring Group of Folks!

Absolute best experience! Explained the process of title and estate so even I understood it. Jenny especially took so much time and was very patient with me. Highly Recommend!

Val.

Fantastic Team!

After my Grandmother passed away, I found that I needed to hire an attorney who could help me through the estate process. The team has been fantastic and has guided me through the entire process. 

Matthew.

Wonderful professionals to work with!

I can only say “Thank you” to your law firm. It has been three years since we have been working together. You have been so helpful to me as a person who had never done this before. I want to thank Maggie and Courtney, who have been working so patiently with me on all the questions that I had in this case. I want to thank Atty. David for all that he has done in this case. He was there with us in the courthouse to represent us in an outstanding way. 

Mark.

Fantastic To Work With

They were extremely motivated to answer the questions I had. Their information I received has helped me so much & lifted tons of weight from my shoulders. I can relax now after a year of uncertainty. My case was opened & closed in a couple days. Great job to the group I worked with.

Jan.

The paralegal and attorney assigned to our case have represented our interest in a very professional manner all the while communicating by phone and email to keep us up to date on the progress at every step.

Andy G.

I would have no problem recommending your law firm to anyone who would need help with wills and any other legal issues. Thanks again for your great help and support. God bless

Mark.

The consultation with Jenny was thorough. She listened to the issues with my specific case and made sure she understood what my specific needs for the estate would be. She clearly explained the overall process from start to finish.

Matthew.

The entire team has been nothing but understanding, compassionate, professional, and thorough. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a Probate attorney.

Matthew.

I am very pleased with the service we have received and have already recommended them to a friend who lost his Mother recently.

Andy G.

Our Accolades

The TEAM

At Guardian Probate Law Group, we deliver compassionate, top-tier service in the realm of probate and estate law.

Erik Broel
Founding Attorney
Dave D. Dupee
Senior Attorney
Susan Flythe
Paralegal
Maggie M. O’Neil
Paralegal
Jenny Denker
Client Consultant

All About Us

Our mission is to simplify and bring fairness to the probate and estate process for our clients in Tennessee.

At Guardian Probate Law Group, we deliver compassionate, top-tier service in the realm of probate and estate law.

We focus on making the process as peaceful and efficient as possible while being prepared to negotiate or litigate disputes aggressively when necessary.

We're committed to ensuring that the process honors the wishes of their loved ones, respecting both their legacy and the needs of those left behind.

Our passion for probate law is deeply rooted in a personal story.

During his college years, our founding attorney, Erik Broel, witnessed a probate estate situation spiral out of control in his own family.  

An uncle's death left Erik's aunt, someone he was very close to, in a devastating position. The ensuing estate sale and its impact, seeing cherished family items being tagged and sold, left a lasting impression on him.

He saw his aunt struggle with the complexities of estate management without a will, leading to family discord and confusion at a time when unity and peace were most needed.

Erik’s efforts to assist his aunt, who had to navigate through estate sales and even repurchase her own house, left a lasting impact on him. Witnessing her emotional and physical distress inspired Erik to dedicate his career to preventing others from undergoing similar difficulties.

This experience fueled his commitment to finding better ways to handle estates and trusts, ensuring that others don't endure similar hardships.

Erik's mission is to demystify the estate and trust processes, making them accessible and manageable, always with a human touch. His belief in specialization means that clients receive focused, empathetic guidance tailored to their unique circumstances.

Our team in Tennessee continues this mission, ensuring that every client receives the support they need during challenging times.

David Dupee

Senior Attorney - Guardian Tennessee

David Dupee, originally from Kentucky, combines his rich educational background from Emory University School of Law and Covenant College with a deep-seated passion for legal advocacy.

His journey towards law began in high school, driven by a desire to assist those facing complex legal challenges.

At Guardian, David aligns his commitment to helping clients navigate the intricacies of trust and estate matters with compassion and expertise.

Beyond his professional life, David is a family man who treasures moments with his wife, Rachel, and their son. Whether it's going on fishing adventures or refereeing soccer games, David finds joy in these simple pleasures.

His hobby of reviving broken items not only reflects his resourceful nature but also parallels his professional role in bringing solutions to challenging situations.

FAQ's

Getting you all the answers you need

Q:

Is Probate Necessary?

A:

Probate isn't always required, but it's often advisable to ensure legal responsibilities are met and to prevent future issues. While specific laws vary, the general principle of protecting against liability and future complications is consistent across states.

Q:

How Long Does Probate Take?

A:

The duration of probate can vary significantly. Generally, depending on the estate's complexity, it can take several months to over a year. Each case is unique, and timelines can differ based on specific circumstances.

Q:

What Are the Duties of an Executor or Administrator?

A:

Executors and administrators have critical responsibilities, including managing the estate in compliance with state laws and ensuring fair distribution of property. They must prioritize the estate's best interests, maintaining a high standard of care to avoid personal liability.

Q:

Am I Entitled to Anything from the Estate?

A:

Inheritance depends on several factors, including the presence and validity of a will and state-specific inheritance laws. Without a will, inheritance typically follows state guidelines for distributing the estate.

Q:

What Happens if Someone Violates the Will's Terms?

A:

If a will's terms are not being followed, interested parties, such as heirs or beneficiaries, can seek legal intervention. It's crucial to address any deviations from the will promptly to protect the estate's integrity.

Q:

When is a Will Invalid?

A:

A will may be invalid for various reasons, such as a later will superseding it, improper signing, or the testator's lack of capacity or undue influence at the time of signing. Each situation requires a careful legal evaluation.

Q:

What if Someone has Abused a Power of Attorney?

A:

Abuse of power of attorney is a serious concern. If the abuser is also an executor or administrator nominee, legal steps can be taken to prevent their appointment. It's vital to act quickly in these cases to protect the estate's interests.

Q:

What if Someone is Misusing Estate Property?

A:

Immediate legal action is necessary if estate property is being misused. This may involve court petitions and, depending on the situation's urgency, law enforcement involvement to protect the estate's assets.

Q:

Which Creditors Must Be Paid?

A:

All valid creditors of an estate have a right to be paid. The order of payment and the process of addressing creditor claims can vary based on state laws and the estate's specifics.

Q:

What if Someone is Misusing Estate Property?

A:

Immediate legal action is necessary if estate property is being misused. This may involve court petitions and, depending on the situation's urgency, law enforcement involvement to protect the estate's assets.

Q:

Can Medicaid Claims be Avoided?

A:

Handling Medicaid claims requires careful adherence to legal requirements. If you receive a Medicaid claim, it's important to consult a probate lawyer to understand your options and respond effectively.

Q:

Who are the Heirs in Blended Families?

A:

In blended families, heirs typically include natural and legally adopted relatives. Stepchildren are generally not considered legal heirs unless formally adopted by the deceased.

Q:

What if Life Insurance Refuses to Pay a Claim?

A:

If life insurance denies a claim, your response depends on the reason for denial. If it's due to policy lapse, specific legal requirements apply. In cases of improper notice or extended grace periods, the insurer may be obligated to pay.

Q:

What Happens to a Business Owned by the Deceased?

A:

The fate of a business depends on its structure. Sole proprietorships typically cease operations upon the owner's death, while corporations or LLCs may continue. The handling of business assets can be complex and requires legal guidance.

Q:

What if there is a Trust?

A:

Trusts, whether living trusts or those established in a will, have specific purposes and conditions. The trust's terms govern their management and the distribution of assets and may require specialized legal assistance.