Expedited Probate Docket Called a ‘Success’

In August, the Davidson County Trial Court established an expedited probate docket to handle uncontested matters such as name change petitions, small estate administrative proceedings, petitions to administer intestate estates, and petitions to probate wills, codicils and other testamentary instruments. To date, more than 100 cases have been tried by Special Probate Master Jennifer Surber and Special Master John Manson, who alternately preside over and conduct hearings on these cases. The experience thus far has been a success according to Court Administrator Tim Townsend. “We have received very positive feedback from everyone. As a result, this program will continue for the foreseeable future,” Townsend said yesterday. Chattanoogan.com has the court's news release.