If you have been named a personal representative in the will of a deceased family member or other individual in the State of Alabama, you will have to familiarize yourself with what is involved in the probate process and what your responsibilities are. Probate is simply the legal means by which the property of a decedent is distributed among their heirs. As a personal representative, it is your role to oversee the administration of the deceased’s estate.
Working with an Alabama Probate Attorney
Alabama probate courts stringently recommend that you retain an experienced probate attorney to facilitate the probate process. A skilled Alabama probate lawyer can help you:
- gather all assets that are part of the estate
- file the necessary paperwork with the court
- meet all the estate’s financial obligations
- distribute the remainder of the estate’s assets to designated beneficiaries
- close the estate and file the necessary tax returns
The rules and regulations surrounding probate in Alabama are very complicated. The best way to ensure that the wishes of the deceased are honored is to make sure that probate goes as smoothly as possible. This means filing the correct paperwork with the probate court and paying the estate’s debts to creditors where necessary. Failure to comply with the letter of the law in doing so can jeopardize the value of an estate and unnecessarily cause additional stress for bereaved family members. At Sadberry Law Offices, LLC, I will answer your questions about what you can expect from the probate process and guide you through it with clarity.
Exemptions From Probate
Not all assets of the deceased necessarily have to go through the probate process. Portions of an estate that pass outside of a legal will, such as a home jointly owned by a husband and wife, may not be subject to probate, ownership instead going automatically to the surviving spouse. I can explain to you how the law works in these circumstances and tell you if some portion of the estate you are overseeing may be exempt from probate.
A skilled probate lawyer is adept at shepherding clients through probate with a minimum of time and expense. If you accept your role of executor of an estate, I have the tools necessary to make the process as painless as possible. There’s no reason probate court has to be a dreadful experience. Contact my office immediately for the legal counsel that will make things run smoothly.