IN RE ESTATE OF TEFFANY TERESA LOVE - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Sep 18, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William H. Shackelford, Jr., and Christopher G. Covellis, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph W. Gullett.

Attorneys 2:

Jonathan D. Buckner, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellees, Ricky Love, Teresa Maness, and Kimberly Horne.

Judge(s): ARMSTRONG

This case involves a dispute over the name inscribed on the decedent?s headstone. The decedent?s surviving husband and her two adult children had the decedent?s headstone inscribed to include her alleged biological father?s surname. Appellant, the decedent?s adoptive father, brought a petition to replace the headstone selected by the appellees. The appellees moved for judgment on the pleadings. The trial court concluded that the appellant did not have standing to challenge the name on the decedent?s headstone selected by the surviving spouse and granted the appellees? motion. We interpret Tennessee Code Annotated Section 62-5-703 to grant the decedent?s surviving spouse the right to control the inscription on the decedent?s headstone as part of the right of disposition.

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