McNair's widow to administer his estate

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 1:16am

A Davidson County probate judge on Wednesday afternoon granted Steve McNair’s widow her request to administer her late husband’s estate after he failed to leave a last will and testament.

Using her full name in legal documents, Jonula Mechelle McNair of Nashville was given 60 days by Probate Judge Randy Kennedy to file an inventory of the former Tennessee Titans quarterback’s assets.

The Davidson County Seventh Circuit Court documents show that “the decedent left an estate of sufficient size to be administered.”

In her emergency petition, Mechelle McNair listed herself and two sons, Tyler and Trenton, as heirs, according to documents prepared by Adams and Reese attorney David J. Callahan III.

Steve McNair has two other sons from a previous relationship who were included in the petition only when it noted that “the petitioner [Mechelle McNair] lacks sufficient information at this time to confirm that they are heirs of the decedent.”

Police reports indicate that the NFL quarterback was shot to death on July 4 by his mistress, Sahel ‘Jenny’ Kazemi, who later turned the gun on herself. Metro Police last week ruled it a murder-suicide.

One of the issues cited for the urgency of the petition was a potential threat to livestock apparently owned by McNair.

“It has been brought to the attention of the petitioner that certain property, primarily livestock, owned by the decedent located in the state of Mississippi requires immediate administration or such property could be exposed to certain peril that would greatly diminish its value and the value of the decedent’s estate,” the document read.

Judge Kennedy’s appointment of Mechelle McNair as administrator of the estate is contingent on the filing of the inventory within 60 days.


7 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 7/17/09 at 2:21

The poor woman is probably still in shock and I think the judge should have given her more time.
How sad.

By: courier37027 on 7/17/09 at 7:21

One point that got me is the livestock mention. If McNair owned livestock, they should be fed and watered daily. McNair seemed to spend plenty of time in Nashville after retirement. Must be a really long trough and water hose to reach from Nashville to southern Mississippi.

Or, possibly he had hired professionals who maintained his livestock inventory.

Two months' inventory time frame tells me someone wants this episode over, and quick, before any other skeletons come out of the closet. While being primarily tragic, this murder has also been an embarrassment.

By: Kosh III on 7/17/09 at 7:48

I thought if a person died intestate, then his widow automatically inherited.

By: courier37027 on 7/17/09 at 8:19

Kosh, IIRC there would/should be a case for illegitimate children or children from previous relationship when settling estate.

By: NonyaBidness on 7/17/09 at 8:40

TN law requires the Administrator to file an inventory w/in 60 days of appointment, so the judge couldn't give her more time.

TN intestate law leaves the surviving spouse 1/3 and surviving children 2/3. His children from a previous marriage are heirs at law the same as the children from his current marriage.

TN gives the surviving spouse an elective share (which may or may not be more than the 1/3 intestate share) depending on the length of the marriage. 0-3 10%, 3-6 20%, 6-9 30%, 9+ 40%.

By: NonyaBidness on 7/17/09 at 8:43

While tragic, this underscores the importance of getting estate planning documents in place, especially if you are married and have children. Everyone thinks that the surviving spouse gets everything, but that is not true. This can get truly messy if their are children from a prior relationship.

By: NonyaBidness on 7/17/09 at 8:48

One more thing, Attorney Callahan knows that McNair's older sons are heirs-at-law, so the statement that "the petitioner [Mechelle McNair] lacks sufficient information at this time to confirm that they are heirs of the decedent" means that they may intend to contest paternity. See, messy.