Administration of Decedents Estates:
The Chancery Court for the 14th Judicial District has since 1980 had exclusive jurisdiction over the administration of decedent’s estates. Prior to that time the County Clerk had probate jurisdiction. All petitions to administer an estate or probate a will must now be filed in Chancery Court. The Clerk and Master conducts probates in her office by appointment. An information form is included on the Chancery Court web page under “Probate Forms” which should be completed and submitted prior to the appointment date so that documents can be prepared in advance. Chancery Court will prepare the Notice to Commissioner, Notice to Creditors and Letters Testamentary or of Administration. Chancery Court does not have petition and order forms for a general probate. In all probated estates a release from TennCare is required regardless of the age of the decedent. The Affidavit Under the Small Estates Act and forms relating to a small estate are included under “Probate Forms.” The court costs and publication costs for probate are also on the Chancery Court web page under “Filing Fees”. In all estates, annual and final accountings are taken and confirmed by the Clerk and Master.