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Wills and Trusts Law

There is no underestimating the importance of a properly drawn-up last will and testament in order to protect your estate after you pass on.

The law on property and estate following your death varies from state to state. It’s vital that you have a Birmingham, Alabama will and probate lawyer review your unique circumstances in detail.

Fulmer, May and Stuckey are local experts who understand what’s required in Alabama. We can also help if you have property or assets elsewhere, to make sure that everything is covered by Alabama will and probate law.

To ensure your property and assets pass to your loved ones upon your death, you need a professionally created will. At Fulmer, May and Stuckey we have the expertise to help with all your estate planning, probate and will needs.

A will drawn up by our expert Birmingham, AL attorneys will be legally binding. That makes life easier for those you choose to pass your estate on to, and also gives you the peace of mind that your estate will be handled according to your final wishes.

We’ll work with you to create an estate plan that’s tailored to your needs. This is even more essential if your estate is of considerable value or where probate could be a potential problem.

A combination of a will and trust can sometimes be a good option to consider. As a properly created trust can deliver your assets to designated parties following your passing, all without the necessity of probate.

A trust is not always an essential aspect of every case, but it can still be very useful. Your estate plan ensures that your Birmingham, Alabama property and other assets are passed on to your loved ones with minimal tax burden.

We can help you decide which type trust you need based on your estate and individual needs. Even if your estate is small, it’s still recommended that you have a will drawn up. The lawyers at Fulmer, May and Stuckey are the team to talk to for professional and personalized legal services in Alabama.

 

Do I Need an Attorney?

It’s entirely possible to create a will of your own that will be legal and valid. However, if you happen to make a mistake during the process, you could potentially run into problems later.

For example, there are sometimes family members who believe they have a claim to your assets or estate. In that case, the lack of a proper will may involve expensive court action to distribute your assets and secure your estate.

Whenever the probate court is involved to resolve disputes, the process can be lengthy and will considerably reduce the value of your assets and estate.

Sometimes eventhough your will is legal and valid, it could still be contested by a member of your estate. In this case, you could potentially find that you have no defense in the law. A probate matter involving a contested will is an expensive process and is always best avoided.

You can trust our Birmingham, Alabama professional legal team to give you the peace of mind you need. Not only do we tailor your estate plan to meet your specific needs, but we ensure that everything is in compliance with Alabama law.

We can also provide legal defense in the unlikely event that someone contests a will drafted by our firm. The lawyers at Fulmer, May and Stuckey will do everything we can to make sure the law recognizes your will and complies with your estate plan.

We strongly suggest that you to talk with one of our team members here in Birmingham as soon as possible to ensure your final wishes are carried out.

Incapacity Planning

 

An extremely important thing that you also must consider in Birmingham, Alabama is an Advance Directive for Health Care (formerly known as a living will/health care power of attorney). 

It’s a plan that’s put in place by you, in the event that you become incapacitated at some point in the future. It comes into play when you’re unable to make decisions about your own health and health care. 

Medical professionals like to see a health care directive in place so that they don’t have to rely on family members. More often than not, in times of extreme stress, family members may have ideas that don’t align with your intended plan.

Our carefully detailed health care directives outline your decisions in the event you have a terminal illness or are in a permanent state of unconsciousness. Your directive will also state your wishes in the event of an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s or some other incurable, form of dementia.  

In addition to the above, you may also want to appoint a proxy to represent you and to make certain that your wishes in regards to your health care are fulfilled by your physicians and caregivers.

It’s vital that you speak with a professional about this part of the legal process. Your final wishes need to be solid in the eyes of the law here in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Call on our team of experienced attorneys about this specific area of the law, or if you need further assistance concerning wills and trusts, probate or anything you may need concerning your estate planning requirements.

 

FAQ

 

Why Use Fulmer, May and Stuckey?

 

As Birmingham experts in the law regarding wills, probate and estate planning in Alabama, we can give you the help and advice you need. 

We have full knowledge of the legal requirements that come with creating a valid and solid will. Our local knowledge is essential in ensuring that your will, estate plan and any other necessary documentation are correct and legally valid.

 

Will this be Expensive?

 

At Fulmer, May and Stuckey, we understand that our clients will be concerned about the cost of creating a custom estate plan. We try to keep our costs as low as possible, and we offer a free, no-obligation, initial consultation. 

The costs associated with the probate court and the stress in general that your loved ones would have to experience makes drafting your will in advance well worth the time. 

When the time comes, you can be confident that your will was created to be in accordance with Alabama law. Your expense will be far lower than the expenses your loved ones could incur, should there be no will. 

 

What About Administering the Will?

 

If you work with Fulmer, May and Stuckey to handle your estate, we’ll administer the will according to Alabama law. That also includes any trusts in full, both before and beyond your passing. 

We’re here to make life much easier for you and your loved ones. Our lawyers help you to get the peace of mind you need in knowing that everything will be under control upon your death.

Reach out to Fulmer, May and Stuckey now, and put those worries to rest by having a friendly chat with one of our experts. 

Remember, we’re always here to help, no matter the value of your estate. A last will and testament that’s legally valid under Alabama law is our way of making sure that your loved ones are taken care of when they need it most.

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