Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board

The Tennessee Bar Journal editorial board reviews submissions and helps shape the editorial policy of the monthly magazine.

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Nashville, TN 37202-0207

50th Birthday: Wish You Were Here

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, the Tennessee Bar Association did a lot of traveling, offering cruises and other trips just for fun and to promote comraderie. Now the TBA generally meets within the state although its convention has in years past ventured to Asheville, North Carolina, and Destin, Florida. CLE Ski began in 1985 with classes being offered near the slopes of Utah and later, Colorado, and is still going strong.

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Strictly Speaking, When Is a Will Not a Will?

“Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”
– Hall of Fame baseball player Frank Robinson[1]

When is a will not a will, even when the testator, witnesses and drafting lawyer intend it to be a will? When the statutory requirements for execution are not strictly followed. The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently reiterated that point in In re Estate of Morris.[2] The opinion should lead lawyers to check their will forms and clients’ existing wills to make sure they comply with the statute of wills.

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