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At FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY in Birmingham, Alabama, we provide a wide variety of services relating to probate law.
Our probate attorneys are here to help you through what can often be an extremely stressful time.
We provide services in probate, estate planning, elder law and more.
With a team of attorneys waiting to give you all the advice you’ll need dealing with this complex area of the law, you can rely on us to provide the expert help you need.
To help you further, we’ll try our very best to explain what probate law and estate planning in Birmingham is all about, so reach out today for your free initial consultation.
About Probate Law
It’s essential that you have a last will and testament drawn up by a lawyer who understands the law if you want to protect your estate from possible taxes upon your death.
Your last will and testament will provide peace of mind for your family because they’ll need assurance to know that adequate estate planning has been done on your behalf.
In Birmingham, Alabama, a lot of property and estate assets go through the probate system.
This means that you need careful planning if you want to ensure your estate and assets pass to those who you’ve specified in your will.
What’s not widely known is that there are alternative methods for dealing with an estate.
That’s why you’ll definitely need legal assistance in this delicate matter.
At FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY Birmingham, Alabama attorneys, we can help you decide what’s in the best interests of you and your loved ones.
It’s an unfortunate but well-known fact that about half of the property and estate assets in Birmingham and the rest of Alabama go through probate.
What is probate?
Probate is the process of passing on your property to a descendant by following instructions laid out in a will, or another way known as intestacy.
Someone who died ‘intestate’ is someone who has not had a will drawn up.
When you don’t already have a will in place, it may extend the process of passing on your property and estate to your descendants.
In turn, that creates unnecessary stress for your loved ones to handle in this already difficult time.
At FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY Birmingham, we can help you process an estate intestate.
Our probate attorneys are experts in the law, so we’ll help take the strain away from you.
The half of Birmingham property that does not go through the probate system is processed as non-probate property.
This is done by a number of methods within the law.
Those can include joint tenancy agreements, life insurance policies, and payable-on-death provisions in legal contracts and trusts.
Trusts are becoming a popular choice in estate planning, and our attorney team is experienced in this area of the law.
A will is a legal document that lays out what should happen to estate and assets in the event of the death of the owner.
The will plays a part in estate planning, and is also important in another, more delicate way.
In the event of minor children being involved, the law needs to know what will happen to them if both parents predecease them. This is possibly the most important reason for drawing up a will.
Losing both parents is a difficult event, and a will that has been witnessed in law can make things more bearable by determining who takes custody of the children in the event of death.
The Birmingham attorney team at FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY are highly experienced in wills and Birmingham estate planning practices.
We promise you considerate and professional service in all areas of the law that may be relevant to your situation.
If you need to draw up a will for this reason, please get in touch and an attorney soon. We’ll be happy to discuss things in more detail on your free initial consultation.
Other Estate Planning Services
The attorney team at FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY Birmingham, can also help you with other areas of the law.
Also, be aware of health care proxies and advance directives, as these can be essential in ensuring an estate is passed on in a way the owner intended.
The purpose of these is so that a decision can be made in advance as to whether or not to resuscitate, or to discontinue life support for the patient named.
This means that there are no difficult decisions to be made by your family in a time of stress.
Personal injury can result in life-threatening situations, especially if the injured is elderly. It always helps to be prepared.
If you wish to talk to an attorney about preparing health care directives, we’re here to help. Get in touch now and one of our lawyer team members will answer any questions you may have.
At the firm of FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY we have an expert team of specialist probate attorneys covering all areas of the law.
Our attorneys promise professional, local Birmingham service to you and your family.
If you’re looking for an AL probate attorney, you’ve come to the right place.
We can help with litigation issues, bankruptcy and many other services.
Plus, we have experts in special needs planning, elder law, and defense.
In addition to that, we offer a wide variety of other practice areas.
Whether you want to talk to us about your estate or need a will drawn up, get in touch with FULMER | MAY | STUCKEY right away. Talk to an attorney who can help.