1232 Blue Ridge Blvd, Hoover, AL 35226

Probate & Estate Administration

Many individuals who have heard of the term "probate" may not be sure what it really means. Probate or estate administration in Alabama is simply a court-managed process in which the assets of a deceased loved-one are managed and distributed. While this seems straight forward, probate can be quite complicated, particularly when someone dies without a valid will in place.

Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC assists clients in Jefferson, Shelby and nearby counties with preparing wills and has extensive experience advising individuals with estate administration in the probate courts. We will offer you superior personal service in helping you get your affairs in order and ensuring that your loved ones are protected.

The Probate Process

The probate process can not only be lengthy and costly, it also depends on the schedule of the probate courts in Alabama, which are currently underfunded and short-staffed. Generally, administering an estate can take a year or more to complete and cost several thousand dollars. If you happen to die without a valid will, the probate process costs much more and takes two or three times as long, and may even require a county administrator to become involved. We also know that dealing with the death of a loved one can be an emotional burden, and we can help you navigate the process and give you peace of mind during this difficult time.

We routinely handle all phases of probate and estate administration, including:

  • Validating the will with the probate court
  • Filing all required notices
  • Inventorying and appraising estate assets
  • Paying outstanding debts and disputing creditor claims
  • Preparing, filing and paying estate taxes, if applicable
  • Final distribution of the estate assets
  • Closing the estate

What is a will contest?

Through of our many years of practice in probate and estate administration, we know that questions often arise concerning the validity of a will and the disposition of the assets or that someone may challenge the selection of the personal representative. Because a will contest can be an expensive legal proceeding and cause unnecessary hardship for family members, we encourage parties to negotiate a settlement through mediation. If negotiation is not successful, however, we will pursue litigation in the probate court.

Probate Administration at Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC

Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC routinely works with executors throughout the probate process. We have extensive experience in the probate courts in Jefferson and Shelby counties, preparing court filings, and we are well-acquainted with the court's local rules. At the same time, because administering an estate can be a long and costly process, we often advise clients to put a well-designed revocable living trust in place in order to avoid probate proceedings.  If you have questions about estate planning or have been named the personal representative of a loved one's estate, call our Birmingham office today at (205) 390-0101 for a free evaluation.



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