top of page


Does the Will name someone that is willing and able to serve as "independent executor"?

The will must use the word "independent" or it must say something to the effect that "no other action shall be had in the probate court in relation to the settlement of my estate than the probating and recording of the will and the return of any required inventory, appraisement, and list of claims." These are the terms under which the court will grant an independent administration.

To be able to serve, the named executor must not have ever been convicted of a felony and must not be an incapacitated person. The named executor must also be over the age of 18, and must be a resident of Tennessee. A non-resident can serve as the executor, however, the non-resident must designate a Tennessee resident agent to receive notices regarding the estate.   Nakeshia Walls will serve as resident agent if there is no else willing to serve as such.

bottom of page