Estate Planning and Probate Section

Once a part of the TBA Tax section, the Estate Planning and Probate section was created after it was determined that there was a need for a separate and distinct section. It now provides an annual CLE Forum and provides information through newsletters.

Chair
Lewis Thomason
424 Church St # 2500
Nashville, TN 37219
LinkedIn: michaelgoode
(404)680-6295
Vice-Chair
Egerton, McAfee, Armistead &...
900 South Gay Street # 1400
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865)546-0500
Immediate Past Chair
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P...
605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450
(423)756-3000
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2019

The 2019 Estate Planning & Probate Forum provides six hours of CLE, including an hour of dual credit. It will focus on timely, relevant topics to help you stay on top of trends affecting this area of law. Legislative updates and the ever-popular Clerk and Masters Panel will ensure that you leave with the knowledge necessary to advance your practice. Make a plan to join us on Feb. 22.

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Enigmatic Howard Hughes 'Beneficiary' Dies of Cancer

The man who claimed Howard Hughes left him one-sixteenth of the Hughes estate in a mysterious handwritten will died last month of cancer, The New York Times reports. Melvin Dummar was a gas station owner in Utah when he said that he rescued Hughes from the Nevada desert. After Hughes died 9 years later, Dunmar maintained that an unknown man presented the will to him, which he then anonymously took to the Mormon Church Headquarters — that was also named as a beneficiary in the will — hoping that the church would attest to the veracity of the document.  A jury subsequently decided that the document was forged, but no one was ultimately charged with a crime. Although Dunmar received none of the Hughes fortune, Hollywood took note, retelling his story in the 1980 movie “Melvin and Howard.” Several books have also been written about the case, including one by a retired FBI agent who contends that the will was legit.

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