Charting the Course — Securing the Future

Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.

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Estate Planning

 

Probate & Trust Administration

There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. However, one of the greatest things that we can do to honor the memory of a loved one is to ensure that their final wishes are completed.

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Probate & Trust

 

Life Care Planning

Life Care Planning helps families respond to challenges caused by chronic illness or disability of an elderly loved one. The goal of Life Care Planning is to maintain the quality of life of elders and their families.

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Life Care Planning

 

Elder Law

Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Consider the possibilty of senior housing, long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid and more.

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Elder Law

 

John Burns Law, PLC • Estate Planning Law Firm

Franklin TN River

Reliable support for individuals, families and businesses throughout Tennessee

John Burns has provided competent and comprehensive counsel to individual and corporate clients for more than 25 years. Hailed by his peers for his trustworthy and practical approach to the law, Mr. Burns is widely recognized for his legal acumen and skill. A frequent lecturer at conferences throughout the country on the issues regarding estate and tax planning for businesses and private individuals, Mr. Burns offers dependable legal guidance with an eye on your timelines and your goals at all times.

Services provided include legal consultation and the preparation of:

Revocable Living Trusts • Wills • Powers of Attorney • Living Wills • Healthcare Power of Attorney • Life Insurance Trusts • Family Limited Partnerships • Limited Liability Companies • Corporations • Charitable Trusts • Medicaid Planning • and Other Estate Planning and Tax Planning Strategies

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John Burns
Attorney at Law

Meet John Burns

The name you know and trust

Before opening his own practice, John Burns was a partner at two of the region’s largest law firms, Waller Lansden and Baker Donelson, where he honed his skills as one of the region's authorities on complex asset protection and high-level wealth management strategies. He has been twice named an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court for his pro bono legal services. Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, and recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Tax Law, Mr. Burns continues to provide his clients with superior service.

The father of twins, John and his wife, Rebecca, are active in local civic activities, and when not at home, can be found traveling or on their Alabama farm.

                           
John Burns
Attorney at Law

Meet John Burns

The name you know and trust

Before opening his own practice, John Burns was a partner at two of the region’s largest law firms, Waller Lansden and Baker Donelson, where he honed his skills as one of the region's authorities on complex asset protection and high-level wealth management strategies. He has been twice named an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court for his pro bono legal services. Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, and recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Tax Law, Mr. Burns continues to provide his clients with superior service.

The father of twins, John and his wife, Rebecca, are active in local civic activities, and when not at home, can be found traveling or on their Alabama farm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Probate?

Probate is the court and process that looks after people who cannot make their own personal, health care and financial decisions. These people fall into three general categories: Minor Children (under age 18 in most states); Incapacitated Adults; and People who have died without legal arrangements to avoid probate. Probate proceedings can be expensive and time-consuming. Additionally, the court proceeding and associated documents are all a matter of public record. Many people choose to avoid probate in order to save money, spare their heirs a legal hassle, and keep their personal affairs private.

What is Probate?

Probate is the court and process that looks after people who cannot make their own personal, health care and financial decisions. These people fall into three general categories: Minor Children (under age 18 in most states); Incapacitated Adults; and People who have died without legal arrangements to avoid probate. Probate proceedings can be expensive and time-consuming. Additionally, the court proceeding and associated documents are all a matter of public record. Many people choose to avoid probate in order to save money, spare their heirs a legal hassle, and keep their personal affairs private.

What is Probate?

Probate is the court and process that looks after people who cannot make their own personal, health care and financial decisions. These people fall into three general categories: Minor Children (under age 18 in most states); Incapacitated Adults; and People who have died without legal arrangements to avoid probate. Probate proceedings can be expensive and time-consuming. Additionally, the court proceeding and associated documents are all a matter of public record. Many people choose to avoid probate in order to save money, spare their heirs a legal hassle, and keep their personal affairs private.

What is a Will?

The document a person signs to provide for the orderly disposition of assets after death. Wills do not avoid probate. Wills have no legal authority until the willmaker dies and the original will is delivered to the Probate Court. Still, everyone with minor children needs a will. It is the only way to appoint the new “parent” of an orphaned child. Special testamentary trust provisions in a will can provide for the management and distribution of assets for your heirs. Additionally, assets can be arranged and coordinated with provisions of the testamentary trusts to avoid death taxes.

What is a Living Will?

Sometimes called an Advance Medical Directive, a living will allows you to state your wishes in advance regarding what types of medical life support measures you prefer to have, or have withheld/withdrawn if you are in a terminal condition (without reasonable hope of recovery) and cannot express your wishes yourself. Oftentimes a living will is executed along with a Durable Power of Attorney for Health care, which gives someone legal authority to make your health care decisions when you are unable to do so yourself.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

These allow you to appoint someone you know and trust to make your personal health care and financial decisions even when you cannot. If you are incapacitated without these legal documents, then you and your family will be involved in a probate proceeding known as a guardianship and conservatorship. This is the court proceeding where a judge determines who should make these decisions for you under the ongoing supervision of the court.

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John Burns Law, PLC

John Burns Law, PLC

219 3rd Ave N #2000
Franklin, TN 37064

jburns@johnburnslawfirm.com
(615) 630-0122