Memphis Attorneys for Business Administration
Lawyers in Tennessee Helping Manage the Estate of Business Owners During Probate
Business owners in Tennessee make important decisions every day. They decide what products and services to offer their customers, whom to
hire and fire, and even the vendors with whom they establish business relationships. Decisions such as these are critical for the day-to-day
operation of the business, but prudent business owners recognize their need for estate planning and administration concerns to be addressed as
At the offices of Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we are equipped to help business owners in planning for their estates, as well as
administering the estates and the businesses following the death of the owners. Our lawyers understand the importance of careful planning and
comprehensive business management before, during, and after the completion of the probate process.
Business Owner Estate Planning
Most business owners start their estate plan by creating a will. Beyond this, some will choose to use various types of trusts, including revocable
living trusts. When a revocable living trust is used, the individual’s business assets can be transferred to the trust during the owner’s lifetime, and
he or she can continue running the business until he or she no longer wishes to or is no longer able to do so. At this point, a successor trustee will
usually be appointed to step in and take control of the company, along with any other assets in the trust.
A revocable living trust will generally allow business operations to continue with minimal interruptions, if any, and the trust could even offer
certain creditor protection. Assets in a trust are also usually exempt from probate, which means that ownership of the business can typically be
transferred to the owner’s chosen successor fairly quickly and easily. If the business was not transferred to any type of trust, the company’s
assets would usually be required to pass through probate before they can be transferred to the decedent’s heirs.
Lawyers in a Fiduciary Role.
When you create a will, you have the opportunity to choose an executor for your estate. Similarly, establishing a trust gives you the ability to
name trustees and successor trustees. In your estate plan, you can also nominate a person or entity to provide administrative services for your
business, either under the terms of a trust or without a trust agreement in place.
At the offices of Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we are fully prepared to take on this responsibility for you and your family. We will help
you draft the necessary instruments to appoint our firm to manage your business during probate as the state verifies your estate and validates
your will. By doing so, we can help ensure that your business continues to operate smoothly as we prepare for the transition to the next chapter
of the company. If you wish to pass the business down to the next generation, we will facilitate the transfer. If your choice is to dissolve the
business, sell the assets, and distribute them to your heirs, we can help with that as well. We will work hard to fulfill your final wishes and to
make sure that your family and your business are looked after properly.
Call Our Office for Help Today
To learn more about our firm and how we can help with business administration during the Tennessee probate process, contact the offices of
Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, today. Call (901) 388-5805 to schedule a confidential consultation with a knowledgeable member of our