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Nashville Attorneys Skilled in Personal Injury, Family Law, and Estate Planning Matters

The Nashville law firm of Martin, Heller, Potempa & Sheppard PLLC offers a wide range of legal services for Tennessee residents. Whether you have been hurt in a motor vehicle collision, you need assistance with a divorce, or you are seeking guidance in planning your estate, we can provide you with dedicated advocacy to advance your interests. If you are looking for a Nashville personal injury attorney or representation in a family law or estate planning matter, we are ready to put the full scope of our experience and resources to work on your behalf.

Representation for Accident Victims

A personal injury claim may arise in a multitude of situations, extending from car or truck accidents to slip and falls, incidents of medical malpractice, and interactions with a defective product. Most of these cases require a showing that one or more defendants breached a duty of care. This is often shown by evidence that the defendant acted below the standard of how a reasonable and prudent person would have behaved in a similar situation. After some accidents, a victim is left with serious injuries that may be lifelong or fatal. They may be able to pursue compensation for extensive past and future medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among other costs and losses.

We represent injured Tennessee residents in claims based on premises liability, motor vehicle collisions, nursing home negligence, product liability, and medical and dental malpractice. Our firm also can guide you through an insurance dispute or a wrongful death claim on behalf of a family member who died in a tragic accident.

Guidance During a Divorce

Legal issues dealing with family matters may be especially sensitive. In Tennessee, spouses who are going through divorce proceedings must engage in mediation before courts will get involved. Mediation proceedings are private settings in which the parties are free to discuss issues such as child custody and visitation arrangements, spousal and child support, and the division of property. Obtaining legal representation for mediation, as well as any further legal action, may be vital in reaching a resolution that meets your needs.

Our family law attorneys assist clients in all aspects of divorce, from the initial filing process to proceedings related to modifying a final judgment. We are familiar with matters related to property division, child custody and visitation, spousal support, business valuation, and child relocation. We understand the nuances of high-asset divorce as well as late-life divorce considerations. Our firm also represents Tennessee residents in the execution of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, grandparents’ rights issues, and stepparent adoptions.

Assistance in Crafting a Will or Trust

Estate planning requires careful consideration and detailed analysis regarding an individual’s goals. Depending on these goals, a variety of instruments may be implemented to ensure that your wishes are carried out. Our firm assists clients in drafting and executing revocable or irrevocable trusts, as well as powers of attorney and living wills. A trust is formed in order to hold and manage assets as the grantor sees fit. In establishing a revocable trust, a grantor remains in control of any changes to the trust, while a trustee is charged with overseeing the trust’s operations. In contrast, once an irrevocable trust is formed, ownership is transferred permanently, and a grantor relinquishes any power to change its terms. Trusts, which often then serve as a grantor’s testamentary instrument, must be in writing, describe the property to be transferred, and name any beneficiaries that will inherit the assets therein.

Beneficiaries, both potential and actual, may also have certain rights regarding an executed will or trust. If a beneficiary believes that a trust or will was executed by an individual who lacked testamentary capacity or was the victim of undue influence, the beneficiary may bring a will or trust contest action to remove a trustee or representative or to void the instrument altogether. However, certain factors should be contemplated when considering whether to contest a trust or will. Many of these instruments contain a forfeiture clause, which precludes an individual from receiving any inheritance if they decide to challenge the instrument’s terms. Our firm represents clients in these contest actions as well as in other estate planning matters, including elder law and end of life issues, family wealth preservation, business succession planning, trust modification petitions, letters of administration, and family settlement agreements.

Consult an Estate Planning, Family Law, or Personal Injury Lawyer in Nashville

If you need legal advice or representation, contact Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard today by calling 615-800-7096 or using our online form to set up an appointment. Our firm consists of not only Nashville personal injury attorneys but also estate planning and family law lawyers who can explore the details of your situation and advocate for your rights. We represent people throughout Williamson and Davidson Counties, including in Franklin, East Nashville, Brentwood, Cool Springs, and Bellevue.