Tennessee Probate Form

Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

Everything you need to know about Tennessee Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet), including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related TN probate forms.

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About Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) is a commonly used form within Tennessee. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet):

  • This form pertains to the State of Tennessee

  • The official Tennessee source for this form is here.

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Tennessee’s Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

Step 1 - Download the correct Tennessee form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Tennessee probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet), take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in TN are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Tennessee.

5 reasons you should submit this form as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Tennessee can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Tennessee. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Tennessee is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Tennessee probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Tennessee probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet), and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Tennessee probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Tennessee.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Tennessee probate court office.

Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Tennessee-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet) is a probate form in Tennessee.

  • Tennessee has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Tennessee.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Tennessee, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding
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The Exact Text on Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet)

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Tennessee Form Summons (Print Double-sided Onto One Sheet). You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

CIRCUIT COURT SUMMONS NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (PROBATE DIVISION) DAVIDSON COUNTY STATE OF TENNESSEE 20 TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN RE: DOCKET NO. METHOD OF SERVICE: Davidson CountySheriff SERVE: Out of County Sheriff Secretary of State CertifiedMail Personal Service Commissioner of Insurance To the above named Defendant/Respondent: You are summoned to appear and defend a civil action against you in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court, 1 Public Square, Room 303, P. O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN 37219-6300, and your defense must be made within thirty (30) days from the date this Summons is served upon you. You are further directed to file your defense with the Clerk of the Court and send a copy to the Plaintiff/Petitioner’s attorney at the address listed below. In case of your failure to defend this action by the above date, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint/Petition. RICHARD R. ROOKER ISSUED: _________________________ Circuit Court Clerk Davidson County, Tennessee By: Deputy Clerk PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY’S or PLAINTIFF’SADDRESS TO THE SHERIFF: Please execute this Summons and make your return hereon as provided by law. RICHARD R. ROOKER Circuit Court Clerk Received this Summons for service this ____________ day of ___________________________________, 20___________. ___________________________________________________ SHERIFF To request an ADA accommodation, please contactDart Gore at880-3309. RETURN ON PERSONAL SERVICE OF SUMMONS I hereby certify and return that on the _____________ day of ____________________________________, 20________: I served this Summons and Complaint/Petition on in the following manner: I failed to serve this Summons within ninety (90) days after its issuance because Sheriff / Process Server RETURN ON SERVICE OF SUMMONS BY MAIL I hereby certify and return that on the _________ day of______________________, 20____, I sent a certified copy of the Summons and a copy of the Complaint/Petition in Docket No. __________________________ to Defendant/Respondent, , postage prepaid, by registered return receipt mail or certified return receipt mail. On the_________ day of_______________________, 20_____, I received the return receipt for said registered or certified mail which had been signed by on the__________ day of_____________________, 20______. Said return receipt is attached to this original Summons and both documents are being sent herewith to the Probate Court Clerk for filing. SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME ON THIS THE __________ DAY OF _______________________, 20______. __________________________________________________ PLAINTIFF / PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY OR OTHER PERSON _________NOTARY PUBLIC or _________DEPUTY CLERK AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE TO SERVE PROCESS MY COMMISSION EXPIRES: _________________________ NOTICE TO DEFENDANT(S): ATTACH RETURN RECEIPT HERE (IF APPLICABLE) STATE OF TENNESSEE ) I, Richard R. Rooker, Clerk of the Circuit Court in the State and County aforesaid, do hereby COUNTY OF DAVIDSON ) certify this to be a true and correct copy of the original Summons issued in this case. RICHARD R. ROOKER, CLERK (To be completed ONLY if copy certification required.) By:____________________________________________D.C. Tennessee law provides a ten thousand dollar ($10,000.00) debtor’s equity interest personal property exemption from execution or seizure to satisfy a judgment. If a judgment should be entered against you in this action and you wish to claim property as exempt, you must file a written list, under oath, of the items you wish to claim as exempt with the Clerk of the Court. The list may be filed at any time and may be changed by you thereafter as necessary; however, unless it is filed before the judgment becomes final, it will not be effective as to any execution or garnishment issued prior to the filing of the list. Certain items are automatically exempt by law and do not need to be listed; these include items of necessary wearing apparel (clothing) for yourself and your family and trunks or other receptacles necessary to contain such apparel, family portraits, the family Bible, and school books. Should any of these items be seized, you would have the right to recover them. If you do not understand your exemption right or how to exercise it, you may wish to seek the counsel of a lawyer.

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