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Palmer Law Firm, LLC

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Alabama Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Need help administering your loved one’s estate after their passing? Probate and estate administration processes can be overwhelming for the average person. But we are here to help.Let us help you with settling your deceased loved one’s financial affairs. We are here to do the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to.

What Is Probate in Alabama Law?

The word ‘probate’ loosely translates to ‘prove.’ So, in law, probate is the legal court process of settling a decedent’s estate and ensuring that the belongings left behind go to the rightful persons. Probate is not always mandatory. In Alabama, probate is necessary if the decedent had any properties and accounts that didn’t automatically pass on to a beneficiary after death. These are known as probate assets. If a person leaves little or nothing after death or has non-probate assets, the process may not be necessary. If your loved one left a will, the probate process would be a bit easier. On the other hand, if your loved one died intestate, that is, with no written will, the probate court assigns an estate administrator and executor to help you get everything in order. As your estate administration attorneys, we will help you show that the will is self-proving and was created with Alabama law.

What IsEstate Administration?

Estate administration is a process of settling a decedent’s estate and includes:Accounting for all assets. Paying outstanding liabilities and estate taxes. Passing on assets to the beneficiaries.Estate administration is handled by an estate administrator, usually appointed by the deceased or the Alabama probate court. This process is typically necessary, whether you go to probate court or not.

Why You Need aProbate and Estate Administration Attorney

The probate and estate administration laws in Alabama can be rather complex. You’ll first have to determine whether to go through probate or not, and that means looking through all the deceased assets and differentiating probate and non-probate assets. If your loved one had a size-able and varied estate, this process may be time-consuming and truly

frustrating. On top of this, there may be other complicating factors, such as a handwritten will, which may not be considered legal under Alabama law. Therefore, a probate lawyer can prove invaluable in making the probate process more efficient and, most importantly, faster. As an estate administrator, distributing a decedent's assets can be pretty challenging, especially if there are messy family feuds or multiple liabilities and taxes to take care of. So, you may also require professional legal services.We Will give you peace of mind by handling some of the responsibilities of estate administration for you. No stress and no frustrations.

WeStrive for aSmooth, Pain-Free Process

Do you need legal guidance or step-by-step help putting your deceased loved one's affairs in order? We’ll be more than ready to advise you on the steps you need to take, handle all the messy paperwork for you, and take care of any bottlenecks that may arise. Book a call today!

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