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What Happens if I Die Without a Will

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Who inherits if you die without a will? If there is no will in place, Tennessee allows intestate succession.  If property is owned by the deceased, there are a few scenarios:  If there is a spouse but no children, the spouse inherits.  If there is no spouse and there are surviving children, the children inherit equally.  If there is a spouse and children in Tennessee, the spouse receives either 1/3rd or a child’s equal share.  For example, if there is one child, the spouse receives 50%.  However, the are additional provisions in place for the surviving spouse such as homestead allowance and personal property exemption.  

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