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If you’re currently mourning the loss of a loved one, we are incredibly sorry for the heartbreak you’re experiencing. We hope that you are able to find some comfort in the fond memories you have with them and the support from your family and friends that you need during this difficult time. However, if your loved one’s estate must go through probate, you may be bracing for the stressful legal road ahead, especially if you’re named the estate executor or personal representative. Probate can be emotionally, mentally, and financially draining to go through, especially when the loss of your loved one is still fresh. Often, the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney can be the difference between a swift and efficient probate process, and one that is prolonged for months longer and much more expensive than it should be. Our seasoned Saraland probate lawyers have been navigating clients through this complex procedure for over 50 years combined. We are able to simplify the process and significantly lessen the burden on your shoulders. Call today to schedule your free phone consultation and learn more!
Why Does Probate Happen?
Many people are under the impression that having a will allows you to bypass the probate process, and are shocked to be informed after the passing of their loved one that probate is still necessary. In some cases, such as if an estate’s value is below a certain amount, it can go through a more simplified version of probate. But in most cases, estates without a will or with only a will must happen. Our Saraland probate lawyers will review your loved one’s estate extensively and confirm whether probate is necessary or not.
In probate proceedings, the court oversees the transfer of assets from the decedent’s estate to the heirs or beneficiaries. If there was a will, the individual named as the estate executor is responsible for the many obligations involved with closing the estate and distributing assets; if there was no will, the court will appoint a personal representative to do the same, and assets will be distributed according to the Alabama laws of intestate succession.
In short, probate happens so that the decedent’s last wishes can be followed according to the terms of their will. Without a person with a vested interest in the estate overseeing probate proceedings, any ordinary person could claim a piece of the estate! It is a necessary process to ensure that an individual’s hard-earned life savings can be passed on to those they love.
Why Do I Need An Attorney To Help Me Through Probate?
Probate is notoriously time-consuming, as it can take several months – or even up to 2 years – to be fully resolved. In addition, court costs, taxes, and filing fees can considerably deplete the estate’s wealth. If you are the executor or personal representative, you could be held liable for any mistakes or errors and be left vulnerable to lawsuits. In addition to ensuring that everything is handled correctly, swiftly, and cost-effectively, our Saraland probate lawyers could assist you with the substantial list of responsibilities on your plate, such as:
- Filing the will and death certificate with the court
- Filing a petition for probate
- Get sworn statements from the will’s witnesses if it is not self-proving and file them with the court
- Get written notice to the will’s beneficiaries and creditors
- Take inventory and appraise your deceased loved one’s assets
- File an estate tax return and pay taxes when appropriate
- Negotiate/settle debts with creditors and pay them
- Prepare a final accounting of the estate
- And more!
You Can Rely On Our Saraland Probate Lawyers To Save You Time, Money, And Stress In The Probate Process
Probate isn’t an inherently bad thing, and it doesn’t mean that your loved one did anything wrong. They likely did not realize that having an estate plan could have saved you and your family from having to endure this process, or perhaps they simply ran out of time. Either way, our compassionate attorneys are prepared to step in and give you peace of mind. Call today to schedule your free phone consultation and learn more about the exceptional service we provide to clients every day!
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