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The period of time following the passing of a loved one is never easy, and you might be feeling as if there are more things to do than there is time to do them. On top of all this, your overwhelming grief may be bogging you down and making you feel as if it is impossible to do what you know is necessary, like settling your relative’s estate.

We know where you’re coming from, because we’ve helped countless others who were in your same position. Our Satsuma probate lawyers are here to make this difficult time just a little bit easier and help you navigate probate with ease and efficiency. We’ll sit down with you to go over your options, answer your questions, and address your concerns, because it’s important to us that you feel heard and supported.

We handle the heavy lifting, like the complicated paperwork and court appearances, so that you can focus your time and energy on healing and enjoying the comfort of your family as you celebrate the life of your loved one. Call today to schedule your free initial phone consultation and learn more about how we can successfully resolve your legal needs.

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What Is Probate And Why Does It Happen?

Probate is the legal process that must occur before a deceased individual’s estate can be divided and distributed according to their will (or according to the Alabama laws of intestate succession, if they did not have a will). During probate, the will is validated to ensure that it is the most recent and accurate to the decedent’s true intentions. During this time, it is also possible for an interested party to contest the will if they feel it is not recent or accurate, and therefore does not represent the decedent’s true intentions.

Though no one would choose for probate to happen, it is a process meant to benefit the decedent and their heirs, to ensure that their final wishes can be carried out. So, it’s important not to fall under the impression that probate is some sort of punishment or consequence on behalf of your loved one. It’s possible that they simply did not realize how important having a comprehensive estate plan is, or perhaps they simply ran out of time to put one together.

Whether your loved one had a will or not, you can trust our skilled Satsuma probate lawyers to handle your case with the utmost attention and care. The Ladd Firm is dedicated to providing the most professional and strategic service to each and every client, no matter what!

How Does Probate Work In Alabama?

Probate isn’t necessary for every estate and asset in Alabama – those that fall below a certain value threshold, for example, as well as assets with named beneficiaries, joint ownership, or that are held in a trust. Our Satsuma probate lawyers can help you determine with certainty whether your loved one’s estate and assets must go through probate.

Once it has been determined that probate is necessary, the process can be initiated by petitioning the probate court in the county where your loved one resided at the time of their death. Then, the will (if they had one) will be submitted and evaluated for validity. The executor named in the will will also be appointed to administer the estate.

If you are named as the executor, you have a laundry list of responsibilities that will likely seem impossible to tackle on top of your own day-to-day obligations and your grief. This is where our lead Satsuma probate lawyers can step in and lighten the weight of this burden from your shoulders, by assisting with:

  • determining whether the decedent’s estate needs to go through probate
  • filing the will with the court of the county where the decedent lived
  • filing a petition for probate
  • answering any questions about probate administration
  • explaining legal options in clear language
  • providing personalized legal advice regarding probate administration
  • taking inventory and appraising the decedent’s assets
  • providing written notice to the will’s beneficiaries and creditors
  • obtaining affidavits and declarations from the attesting witnesses
  • negotiating debts with creditors
  • filing an estate tax return and paying estate taxes
  • distributing assets to heirs and beneficiaries
  • preparing a final accounting
  • And more!

Why Work With Our Satsuma Probate Lawyers?

When you choose The Ladd Firm, we are confident that our commitment to the wellbeing of you and your family will be exemplified through everything we do. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience and are always compliant with Alabama state laws, putting you in the best possible position for moving forward. Call today to book your free phone consultation and learn more about how we can serve you!

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The Ladd legal firm is a very personal and professional legal firm. The service we received was complete and their patience with explaining the process of establishing a family trust made us completely comfortable. We are amazingly comfortable recommending them to anyone wishing to set-up a family trust.

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