Tennessee laws are such that the wife will become the beneficiary of the estate. The complication here is that McNair fathered different children by different women and now some of them are moving forward with claims.
Former quarterback of Tennessee Titans, Steve McNair, left no will. As a result, one of his son’s family (the one born before his marriage), was laying claim to their inheritance. This could set up one lengthy legal battle.
David Callahan, Nashville attorney of Mechelle McNair (Steve’s wife), said that she’s determining the net worth of her husband. A probate court judge in Davidson County granted her 60 days to complete this process as a response to her emergency petition.
The probate court filing states that the heirs are Mechelle McNair and her sons Trenton, 6, and Tyler, 11. However, she can’t confirm whether the other two older sons of her husband are actually his. Her husband died suddenly as he was shot on July 4 by a woman he was dating.
Steve McNair’s oldest son is Steven McNair Jr., Oak Grove High’s senior star wide receiver while his second son is Steven O’Brian McNair, 15-year old. Cotina Feazell, the mother of Steven McNair Jr. did not find any records that the quarterback completed any estate planning or set up trust funds.
Attorneys say that even if the other women were not married to McNair, his sons are still eligible to the inheritance under state law. There might be certain blood tests or other issues but all they need to do is hire an attorney to make a claim.
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