The Chancery Court for the 14th Judicial District has had exclusive jurisdiction over the administration of decedent’s estates since 1980. 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 (PDF) is available and 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 Creditors and Letters Testamentary or of Administration.
Chancery Court will not provide 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.
Small Estates Act
For a small estate without real property and less than $50,000, the following affidavit ay be used. Affidavit Under the Small Estates Act and forms (PDF).
Affidavit Under Small Estate Act
Claim Against Estate
Consent to Serve and Waiver of Bond
Notice to Creditors
Probate Status Report