Tag Archives: Tennessee

New Tennessee Limited Partnership bill headed to Haslam’s desk

On May 9, the Tennessee House passed the Senate’s bill to add a new chapter to Title 61 of the Tennessee Code governing limited partnerships.  The bill as has passed both houses can be read here: SB0438. It is now headed to Governor Haslam’s desk for his signature.  Once signed by the Governor, the act will take effect January 1, 2018.

Stay Tuned.

This just in! Tennessee Tenancy by the Entirety Joint Revocable Trust

Codified as Public Chapter 829 and signed by Governor Haslam into law on April 29, 2014, a new form of joint trust is available for transfers to trusts on or after July 1, 2014.  Although the trust is not named by the statute, the trust substantially resembles the common law form of property known as tenancy by the entirety.  Some practitioners have appropriately referred to this trust as the “marital asset protection trust.”  I previously discussed this subject here and here, albeit briefly.

This statute has been codified as T.C.A. § 35-15-510.

Common law tenancy by the entirety.  Before I get into the finer points of the TE Trust, a refresher on how tenancy by the entirety works in general (and its benefits) is appropriate.  Continue reading This just in! Tennessee Tenancy by the Entirety Joint Revocable Trust

Chancellor Armstrong appointed to Court of Appeals

Governor Haslam has appointed Shelby County Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section.  Chancellor Armstrong will fill the vacancy created by Governor Haslam’s appointment of Justice Holly Kirby to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Armstrong has served as Chancellor for Division III of the Shelby County Chancery Court since 2006.  Click here to read more.

Stay Tuned.

Rob Malin

Governor Signs Tenancy by the Entirety Joint Trust into Law

Update: Click here to read more about the law.

I wrote about this new law in a prior post (click here to read). Its official, the law has now been signed into law by Governor Haslam and will come into effect on July 1, 2014.

Click here to read the law: Public Chapter 829.

Stay Tuned.

Rob Malin

Tennessee Small Estate Affidavit Increased to $50,000

Signed into law by Governor Haslam on April 29, 2014, the small estate affidavit procedure will now cover substantially more small estates.

The Small Estate Affidavit is an abbreviated procedure in Tennessee that avoids the necessity of a formal probate administration in certain qualifying estates.  The affidavit is a “one and done” probate process—it can be handled in a single court filing and appearance.

The new law qualifies estates that are less than $50,000 for this less costly process.  Formerly, only estates with less than $25,000 qualified.

Click here to read the new law.  The relevant portion is on page 3 at Sections 8 and 9:

SECTION 8. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 30-4-102(5), is amended by deleting the language “twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000)” and substituting the language “fifty thousand dollars ($50,000)”.

SECTION 9. This act shall take effect on becoming law, the public welfare requiring it.

Stay tuned.

Rob Malin

Tennessee Legislature Passes Tenancy by the Entirety Joint Living Trust

Update: Click here to read more about the law.

Tennessee is without a doubt one of the leading Trust Law jurisdictions, and Tennessee estate planners have more tools than ever before.

In 2000, Tennessee adopted the Uniform Principal and Income Act which provides certainty and safe harbor to Trustees with respect to trust accounting principles.  In 2002, the Uniform Prudent Investor Act did the same with respect to the management of investments.

In 2004, Tennessee adopted the Uniform Trust Code (one of the first five jurisdictions to adopt it).  Although the Trust Code did not diverge significantly from the common law, it made Tennessee Trust Law more accessible and cohesive.  Among other things, the Trust Code gave Tennessee attorneys innovative methods such as virtual representation, Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements, and judicial and non-judicial trust modifications and terminations to deal with some of Trust Laws most vexing issues.

2007 brought a 360 year rule against perpetuities (which coincidentally I may be able to thank for my job!), self-settled asset protection trusts (innocuously named the Tennessee Investment Services Act), and updates to the now non-uniform Tennessee Uniform Trust Code which allowed beneficiaries to serve as their own trustee without jeopardizing the spendthrift protections granted to them by the trust.

2010 brought further Trust Code updates, but more importantly brought the Tennessee Community Property Trust Act.  Read more about Community Property Trusts here.

In 2012, Tennessee retroactively repealed the Tennessee Gift Tax and gradually repealed the Tennessee Inheritance Tax through 2016.  Read more here.

Finally, 2013 brought comprehensive reform to the (now ironically named) Tennessee Uniform Trust Code.  As is discussed in a previous post, 2013’s reform essentially did three things: (1) enhance asset protection for beneficiaries, (2) protected Trustees by giving them far more discretion, and (3) allowed for directed trusts to allow trusts to segregate the roles of investment and trust administration.  Another change enhanced the attractiveness of Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts.  Read more here.

The Reveal.  So. . . What’s next? It looks like Tennessee Attorneys will have yet another arrow in their estate planning quiver come July 1, 2014: The Tenancy by the Entirety Joint Revocable Trust.  Click here for a summary of HB2068/SB1907.

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