A review by the firm of all estates filed in the Montgomery County Probate Court during 2013 reveals that nearly 1 in 3 estates (29%) were filed without a will. These estates, known as “intestate estates,” are administered with close oversight by the probate judge utilizing strict statutory requirements. Administrators of these estates are typically required to provide a bond, comply with burdensome code provisions, and are given very limited discretion over the execution of the estate.
These situations could be avoided by producing testamentary documents, such as a will, that provide clarity and protection for the heirs and personal representatives of the estate. If you need to create or update your will, trust, advance health care directive, or durable power of attorney, we are prepared to assist you with this process. We will help you identify and organize your estate assets and develop your estate management plan to make sure your intentions are followed through. Whether you need a simple will or complex testamentary documents, we are here to help.
To begin the process of planning your family’s future, call us at (334) 273-0145 in Montgomery, or (205) 323-0145 in Birmingham.