Friday, 29 May 2015
Sponsoring Emerging Leaders to Attend Boys & Girls State

Tressler & Associates, Law Firm, is committed to supporting our communities and our youth, after all, they are our future.  This year we are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor and support two rising leaders from Blackman High School, to attend Boy's and Girl's State this summer. 

"The American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girl's State are premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you, will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program".

During this week long program, Daniel and Jeanette will have the opportunity to meet and develop lifelong friendships with other public service enthusiast and driven young leaders from all across the state, that will help to shape the future of our communities for years to come. 

Daniel is a bright 11th grade student from Puerto Rico, who has exemplified exceptional people skills making leadership a natural fit.  Daniel's father serves as an analyst for the United Nations.  The Boy's State will be held at Tennessee Tech University beginning May 23rd.

Jeanette is also an exceptional junior at Blackman, holding an impressive 4.0 grade average.  She has proven to be very intuitive in group situations making her a great leader.  Girl's State will be held this year at Lipscomb University also beginning May 23rd

We are very proud to support these two young leaders, and know their futures in leadership will make our communities continue to thrive!  Congratulations Daniel and Jeanette!  We wish you both the best of luck, and we thank you for your passion and dedication to public service. 

You can learn more about this amazing opportunity for our communities young leaders at

Posted on 05/29/2015 3:18 PM by Todd Tressler
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Probate for Real Estate Only

Think about a married couple.  When the first spouse dies, often the vast majority of assets are titled in both of their names.  Therefore, everything passes to the surviving spouse without probate.  However, what if the deceased spouse owned a piece of land with which the other spouse has never had any involvement.  What if the only thing that needs to be distributed in a decedent's estate is real estate?  Do you have to go through the entire probate process?  Can you just sign some type of Deed?  Short answer to those questions: No and no.  Thankfully, in Tennessee we have a procedure that is specifically designed to deal with transferring real estate from a decedent's name into the correct beneficiary's name.  It is called Probate for Muniment of Title.

This type of limited probate process is basically three steps, but there are some important keys to remember.  Probate of any type is much simpler when there is an original will.  Therefore, you would start by locating the original will and an original death certificate.  Once you have located those and determined that the only asset to be distributed is real estate, you would contact an attorney (at Tressler & Associates, of course) to take you through the Muniment of Title procedures.  We would start the process by filing a Petition for Muniment of Title with the Probate Court's office and a hearing would be set.  Notice would be sent to all beneficiaries and heirs-at-law that this hearing is occurring.  Assuming all goes according to plan, the Judge will sign the Order at the hearing.  Once the Order is signed, it will be recorded at the Register of Deeds.  This recording will serve as evidence of the transfer of title. 

Although probate in Tennessee is a relatively streamlined process, we are thankful that there is an even more streamlined process for this particular issue.  Should you need assistance in transferring real estate out of a decedent's name, please give us a call and we will be glad to help.

Planning Your Estate can help prevent future difficulties for your family. To Read More about our Estate Planning Services - Click Here



Posted on 05/14/2015 2:32 PM by Erika Piland
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Who Will Have Access to my Social Media After I Die?

I doubt that any client has ever asked me about who will handle their non-financial online accounts after they pass away.  However, it is a real question and concern.  Wouldn't you like to designate now who will be able to manage your social media accounts after you die?   Facebook led the charge in this endeavor a couple of months ago.  As you'll see, their approach is not perfect, but it's a start.

A legacy contact will not have the ability to access, delete, or add to your account in any way in which they choose.  In fact, there are very limited allowances for a Legacy Contact.  First, before a Legacy Contact is allowed to do anything, your account must be memorialized, which will freeze all actions on your account except what the Legacy Contact has the ability to do. 

A Legacy Contact can do:

  1. Write a "pinned post" for your profile.  This would share a final message and/or funeral information.
  2. Respond to pending friend requests.
  3. Update your profile picture and/or cover picture.

Like I said, the powers of a Legacy Contact are limited, but useful.  Your Legacy Contact cannot delete those embarrassing pictures so you still need to be careful what is posted.  Here is a list that Facebook supplies of what

A Legacy Contact cannot do:

  1. Log into your account
  2. Read messages you've sent to other friends
  3. Remove any of your friends.
  4. Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your Timeline

Another important note is that you must be an adult (at least 18 years old) to designate a Legacy Contact under Facebook's current policies. To See Facebook's Instructions on Legacy Contacts Click Here

We have yet to see if other social media outlets (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will accept similar policies.  Even though Instagram is owned by Facebook, it also does not seem as though this policy applies to Instagram.  Currently, Instagram and Twitter have relatively cumbersome processes to prove the death of an account user in order to delete the account.  However, the process is purposefully cumbersome to prevent account tampering. 

Although we do not know what other social media sites will do, it is quite likely that Facebook has set a trend in this direction. 

There are many considerations for Planning Your Estate and new digital issues such as these are just another layer. Taking care of legal issues can ensure your wishes are met after your death and will help your loved ones tremendously during those difficult times. Our team can guide you through the process and help secure your peace of mind.



Posted on 05/07/2015 1:33 PM by Erika Piland
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