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The importance of an effective estate plan

There are several important components of a Tennessee estate plan that estate planners should be familiar. They should also be familiar with the value of having an effective estate plan, and the ways in which one can ensure their wishes are fulfilled and provide a more peaceful transition process for family, friends and loved ones with fewer disputes and estate-related concerns to settle and resolve.

Estate planning allows the estate planner to plan beforehand for how they want their property to be distributed and their loved ones to be cared for. As part of an overall estate plan, there are several estate planning tools estate planners should be familiar with. The first tool is a will which should be validly executed in the state wherein the estate planner resides so it is important to know the rules in their state. In addition, a trust can be another effective estate planning tool and part of an overall estate plan which can work on its own or in conjunction with a will. There are different types of trusts for different situations so the estate planner should be aware of their options and how they might suit their needs.

Distracted driving on the rise in Tennessee

Driving can be difficult enough in the winter around Knoxville. But it's even more difficult to arrive safely when you don't pay attention to the road in front of you.

Unfortunately, more people all the time are distracted while driving on Tennessee roads. The statistics are alarming and the highway patrol is working to do something about it. But it's really up to everyone to put down the phone and drive without distractions.

Why you should frequently update your will

When it comes to the topic of wills and your estate plan, there are two lessons that everyone should know. The first is that you should have a will. It may seem obvious and even curt to say that, but it's the truth. It doesn't matter if you're younger or much older -- if you don't have a will right now, then take the time to make one. Wills protect your estate and preserve your last wishes, while also giving your loved ones and beneficiaries legal documentation to establish what they are entitled to.

The second lesson is to make sure that once you have a will, you update it frequently. This part is just as critical as making the will in the first place. If you don't update your will, it is unlikely that the document will reflect your wishes at the end of your life.

Change in daylight hours brings awareness to drowsy driving

The days are finally getting longer, which means more time for you to have fun and enjoy time in the warm sun. However, any change in sunlight can disrupt your internal clock for a few days or weeks. You might find yourself getting drowsy about the time you are ready to leave work, or you could have difficulty getting yourself going in the morning. You and other Tennessee residents need to understand the dangers of drowsy driving.

Driving while sleep-deprived may in fact be as dangerous as drunk driving, reports the National Sleep Foundation. How is this so, you may wonder. When you are groggy, dazed or having trouble keeping your eyes open, your reaction time can be slowed down. You might miss changes in traffic or other road hazards. If you fall asleep behind the wheel, you will not be consciously operating your vehicle and, of course, would be seconds away from getting into a potentially serious crash.

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