Estate administration, trust administration and probate are different aspects of the same process of closing someone’s estate after she or he passes away. Our estate law attorneys guide people through this process with compassion and respect. Each estate is unique, but usually involves similar steps and legal actions. Most wills must go through the probate court process. There are exceptions. If there is no will, probate is much more difficult and assets are distributed per Alabama law.
If there is a trust-based estate plan in place, or a trust, the estate goes estate administration. Our estate law attorneys guide a successor trustee in the steps necessary to distribute assets and legally close an estate. There are many different aspects to consider. Explore the list below for a discussion of each topic.
When a loved one passes away and there is no last will and testament, his or her estate most often goes through a court-managed process called probate where the assets of the deceased are inventoried, managed and distributed. Probate also serves as a forum to resolve disputes, such as will contests, and a place where creditor claims can be satisfied. Our probate attorneys guide people through probate.
When settling the estate of a loved one who has a will-based estate plan in Alabama, a personal representative of the decedent is appointed to manage estate administration. This typically includes all steps necessary to move through the probate process and elements of the estate that don’t go through probate. Our estate probate attorneys will guide you every step of the way.
When settling the estate of a loved one who has a trust-based estate plan in Alabama, the successor trustee is responsible for distributing the assets of the decedent. No probate process is required. Taxes and creditor claims are handled by the successor trustee or his or her attorney. Our estate lawyers guide successor trustees in administering trusts.
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If you are named a personal representative, executor or successor trustee of someone who has passed away, we can help sort out the details and responsibilities. We serve our clients with compassion and respect. Call us at 205-663-0281 for a free consultation. John Holliman and Melanie Bradford will help you get through the process of closing a loved one’s life, whether it is through probate, a trust or an estate plan. We treat you like family.
John Holliman and Melanie Bradford Holliman, Attorneys