Letters of Testamentary

DESCRIPTION:
“Notice/Letters of Testamentary” are documents issued by the court of proper
jurisdiction which states the authority of the executor of an estate of a deceased person.
It is issued during probate of the estate as soon as the court approves the appointment
of the executor named in the will and the executor files a security bond, if one is
necessary.

REQUIREMENTS:
If the deceased left a will designating an executor/executrix, or if an administrator has
been appointed by the court, the existing certificate of title MUST be signed by this
person in order to change the vehicle ownership record to reflect the new owner.

Documentation needed when filing an application for Title and Registration:

  • The probated will or Certified Letters of Testamentary verifying the executor/executrix or letter of testamentary verifying the person that has been appointed
  • The properly signed Certificate of Title
  • If Co-Executors, both parties are required to sign to either apply for duplicate title or transfer the ownership

RELATED TOPICS:
DEATH CERTIFICATE
EXECUTOR OF ESTATE
INHERITANCE
LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
SURVIVING SPOUSE

LINKS:
Forms: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/title-and-registration/forms.html

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