Decatur Estate & Probate Attorneys
Work with a Reputable Legal Team in Morgan County
Do you need legal assistance with planning your estate for the easy transfer of your property and assets? Or have you been named the executor or administrator of an estate that must be probated under Alabama law? In either case, you can turn to a law firm that has strong roots and a long-standing presence in Morgan County, AL.
Our Decatur estate planning lawyers at White, Oakes, Griffith & Iverson, LLC provide competent and friendly legal service for Alabama estate planning and probate administration. We have been serving the local community with these legal services for more than 20 years and have the experience with the local courts and state laws that you need.
Estate Planning in Alabama
A detailed and thorough estate plan is one of the best gifts you can give to your family and loved ones. Such a plan provides clear instructions as to your wishes, giving security to your heirs and beneficiaries. It also conveys many legal benefits, such as reducing tax burdens while providing for the easy transfer of your assets and property.
Estate planning can include:
- A last will and testament, without which you will pass away intestate; this can cost your family enormous legal expenses when going through probate
- Revocable and irrevocable trusts which allow a third party to hold your property and assets on behalf of your beneficiaries, allowing for their transfer according to your wishes
- Powers of attorney, designating trusted persons to handle your financial or other life affairs when you are unable to do so
- Advanced healthcare directives in which you name a trusted person to make decisions for you regarding medical interventions and healthcare when you are unable to do so
Probate Administration in Alabama
Probate administration is another legal matter related to estates. When a family member dies, his or her estate must be probated to pay off any debts and to transfer any property to his or her heirs. In the case where no will has been created (intestate), an administer must be appointed to handle the probate. Where a valid will exists, it generally designates an executor to administer the estate. Either way, administering someone one’s estate through probate according to the law can be a complex matter.
You will be responsible for locating and valuing the decedent’s assets and property, locating and paying off any debts owed by the estate, handling family or beneficiary disputes, and distributing assets and property according the decedent’s will or Alabama law.
White, Oakes, Griffith & Iverson, LLC has considerable experience handling all aspects of estate planning and probate administration. We provide invaluable legal counsel at every step of the process to ensure that your case is completed as smoothly and thoroughly as possible.
Discuss your legal needs with a Decatur estate and probate lawyer at (256) 445-9379 today.