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Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you tonight.
There really needs to be probate of your mothers estate here in Tennessee.If there was probate where she resided elsewhere then this is called ancillary probate. I am not at all sure you want to sign anything here deeding away your interest.In this case you are an heir then they need to pay you for your share.Again if this requires you opening probate for parent then so be it.Sounds like they are wanting you to sign over your share here without compensation.They are in essence asking you to trust them to pay you, thats not a good idea.
I would consider your own lawyer where the probate s located to make sure you are going to get paid here and to review the deed.Again you should be paranoid here, you have an interest no need to sign that away until you receive payment here, a lawyer can get proceeds deposited into court registry or otherwise protect you.As this has been sent to you it isi very suspicious here, and you are at risk if you sign this over of getting nothing.
Getting your own lawyer on this as well as probate for mother if necessary is the way to protect your interest.
I appreciate the chance to help you tonight.Thanks again.