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Tennessee Small Estate Affidavit

A Tennessee small estate affidavit is a petition for a small estate's administration in the county where the deceased individual resided. This process avoids the lengthy and expensive probate procedure for estates valued at less than $50,000.
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How to File (4 steps)

1. Wait 45 Days

The personal representative must wait 45 days after the decedent’s death for the probate court clerk to accept the filing.

2. No Other Personal Representative

Confirm that there are no existing appointments or petitions for the role of the estate’s personal representative. This can be done by searching the Tennessee Courts Public Case History.

3. Complete Paperwork

Gather and complete the following documents for filing:

4. File with the Probate Court

File the documents with the probate court local to the decedent’s final permanent residence.