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Estate Administration & Litigation

Probate of Will  •  Intestate Administration (No Will) • Will Contests  •  Beneficiary Disputes  •  Breach of Fiduciary Duty 

The probate process can be complicated and you need guidance to ensure assets get to the right people in an efficient manner. If the deceased left a Last Will & Testament, I represent the executor in probating the Will and distributing the assets. If the deceased passed without a Will (known as "intestate"), I guide the client through the process of being appointed personal representative of the estate in Probate Court. Dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult enough, so I strive to make the probate process as stress-free as possible with diligence and clear communication. If a dispute arises, I have the courtroom experience necessary to get results through litigation. Get started by calling or booking a free initial consultation by clicking the button below.

Probating a Will

  • The Last Will & Testament will name an Executor. 

  • As Executor, you should promptly gather important documents such as:

    • Original Last Will & Testament

    • Certified copy of Death Certificate (link to request)

    • Correspondence from creditors

    • Deeds

    • Funeral/burial/cremation invoice

  • Schedule your free consultation, which can be in person, videoconference, or telephone. 

  • Petition the Probate Court to admit the Last Will & Testament and appoint the Executor as Personal Representative of the Estate. 

  • Administer the Estate in accordance with the Last Will & Testament and Alabama law.

Retainers start at $1,400 to probate a Will. However, if funds are not available for a typical retainer, contact me to discuss whether a lesser retainer may be an option. I do my best to work with families to ensure the deceased's intentions are carried out.

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Administering an Estate without a Will (Intestate)

  • As an adult next-of-kin (i.e. heir) interested in handling the estate, you should promptly gather important documents such as:

    • Certified copy of Death Certificate (link to request)

    • Correspondence from creditors

    • Deeds

    • Funeral/burial/cremation invoice

  • Schedule your free consultation, which can be in person, videoconference, or telephone. 

  • Obtain a probate bond from an insurance company showing your creditworthiness with attorney assistance. 

  • Petition the Probate Court to appoint you as Personal Representative of the Estate. 

  • Administer the Estate in accordance with Alabama law governing intestate estates.

Retainers start at $1,500 to probate an estate when there is no Will. However, if funds are not available for a typical retainer, contact me to discuss whether a lesser, expense-only retainer may be an option. I do my best to work with families to ensure the heirs get the deceased's assets.

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