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Estate Planning: How to Get Going and Why Not to Do It Yourself

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Statistical studies show that 55% of Americans die without a will or estate plan.  This free program informs the non-lawyer public how to start estate planning (wills, powers of attorney and trusts) by providing a set of practical first steps.  Our panel of lawyer and trust officer experts will also explain why simply signing a will or power of attorney with a “do it yourself” plan may actually be worse than doing nothing, costing a “special needs” family member the loss of government benefits or resulting in an ex-spouse inheriting assets. The program is intended for the general public and does not require a background in the law of wills or trusts or tax.



  • Amy Hess- University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Mark Parthemer- Bessemer Trust
  • Jeff Yussman- Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP

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Common Questions About Estate Planning

Estate Planning Overview

An Introduction to Wills

Frequently Asked Questions about Wills

Types of Non-probate Property

Revocable Trusts

Power of Attorney

Questions Regarding Power-of-Attorney

State Laws Vary

Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, and Advance Health Care Directives

Questions Regarding Living Wills

The Probate Process

Planning With Retirement Benefits

Guidelines for Individual Executors and Trustees

The Lawyer's Role and "Do It Yourself" Estate Planning

Asset Protection Planning

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