About Christina NorrisChristina Norris has extensive litigation experience before state and federal courts in Middle Tennessee, particularly in estate planning, probate, personal injury, and civil litiation. In 2010, Ms. Norris was designated a SuperLawyer in the area of probate litigation. Only 5% of all lawyers receive this designation.
Ms. Norris is also very experienced in helping persons seeking social security disability benefits. For example, she has obtained disability benefits for persons suffering from mental illnesses (bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia)as well as diabetes, congestive heart failure, fibromyalgia, back pain, and other ailments.
Since 2004, she has been a member of Norris & Norris PLC, where she practices with her husband, John Norris, and attorney Barbara Moss. The firm of Norris & Norris PLC also represents clients in the areas of nursing home negligence, catastrophic personal injury, employment law, commercial litigation, and mediation/arbitration.
Directory Practice Areas
- Appeals & Appellate
- Estate Planning
- Personal Injury
- Social Security Disability/SSI
Additional Practice Areas
- General Civil
- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Founding Member, Norris & Norris, PLC|
|Norris & Norris PLC focuses on probate (conservatorships, estate planning and estate litigation) severe personal injury, nursing home negligence and abuse, social security disability, employment law, elder law, and mediation and arbitration. The three lawyers at Norris & Norris PLC are highly experienced and skilled litigators.|
|Legal Writing Instructor, Vanderbilt University School of Law - Vanderbilt University|
|Taught 1st year law students legal writing skills and appellate advocacy as a member of the law school faculty.|
|Special Counsel to the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Tennessee State Attorney General|
|Practiced before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals; represented the State in appeals brought by convicted felons|
|Clerk & Master , Clerk & Master, Chancery Court for the 20th Judicial District|
|As Clerk & Master, managed a staff of twenty, prepared budgets, made procedural decisions governing court filings, acted as Special Master in fact disputes (boundary line disputes, contract damages, partition of real property, etc.) and made recommendations to the Chancellors; initiated and implemented the first judicial case management program in Tennessee|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||B.A.||English, Education|
|Honors: Cum Laude|
|Honors: N.I.H. fellowship|
|University of Tennessee College of Law - University of Tennessee||J.D.||Law|
|Honors: Articles Editor, Tennessee Law Review|
|Member, Tennessee State Bar|
- Overall: 518th
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Q. Can I contest a holographic will written in TN in 1998?
A: The answer depends on IF and WHEN the 1998 will has been/was admitted to probate. After a will is admitted to common form probate in Tennessee and notice is given to the heirs at law, a challenge may be brought within two years. When a willl is challenged based on claims of undue influence and lack of cmental capacity, a court can consider a number of "suspicious factors" including, for example: (1) your father's age; (2) your father's poor health; (3) any facts tending to proof the will was actively procured by another who benefited; (4) the fact that the terms of the will differed from your father's prior stated intentions. Claims of undue influence and lack of mental capacity are difficult to prove, even when they are timely brought, and are highly fact-dependent. If the 1998 will was admitted to common form probate within the last 2 years,then, yes, it could be challenged.