While it can be difficult to make plans for your property after you’re no longer around, having a plan – and a will – can insure that your wishes will be carried out.
For people who die intestate (without a will), the state steps in and makes the decisions according to current law.
Matthew (Matt) Haralson, elder law attorney with Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC, will give a presentation, “Estate Planning and Legal Issues,” at the Blount County Public Library on Wednesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room.
The program, part of the Focus on Seniors series, co-sponsored by the Blount County Public Library and the Office on Aging, will include brief explanations of the following:
- Simple and complex wills
- Revocable and irrevocable trusts
- Estate, inheritance and gift tax planning
- Health care and financial powers of attorney
- Living wills
- Special needs trusts and disability planning
- Asset protection
- Other elder law issues
If you already have a last will and testament and other estate planning documents that were prepared in another state, you can learn what concerns are unique to Tennessee law in an estate plan.
Matthew C. Haralson graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2002 after working for eight years in emergency services as a firefighter/EMT. Haralson was a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, where he served as Marshall (2000-2001). As an attorney at the Maryville law firm, Kizer & Black Attorneys, PLLC, Haralson practices in the areas of Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration and Elder Law. He is a member of the Blount County (Program Director, 2004), Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Knoxville Estate Planning Council, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. A member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2005, Mr. Haralson serves as legal counsel to the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. He also continues to enjoy working as a reserve firefighter/EMT.
Haralson’s areas of practice include Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration and Elder Law. He is a member of Blount County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 2008 – 2009, Chair.
He was employed by Knox County, Tennessee, from 1994 – 2002.
Pro Bono Activities include serving as Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Blount County Library Foundation, 2008 – 2009; Board of Directors, Blount County Chapter of American Red Cross; and Board of Directors, Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.