Birmingham Probate Attorney
Helping You Successfully Divide Estate Assets
Probate is the legal process of dividing the estate assets of a recently deceased family member. Depending on certain factors, you may have an easier time completing this process than others. For example, if the recently deceased implemented an estate plan before passing away, the probate court will use this as a guide for property distribution. However, if they passed away without an estate plan, the court will use its own discretion for distribution.
Regardless of your situation, a Birmingham probate lawyer can help you complete this action fairly and with ease. At the Law Office of Jeffrey G. Hester, our head attorney and his legal team possess over two decades of experience helping clients navigate this complex process. An attorney with experience in this area knows exactly what the court will do with estates and help you ensure assets are distributed fairly and go to family and friends.
Probate administration is the efficient management of a recently deceased individual’s property. To begin this process, you must file the will with the probate court. If there are no objections to the contents of this document, the judge will name the executor, order all debts paid, and distribute the remaining assets to the assigned beneficiaries.
If there is no will—or the document does not include all estate assets—the judge determines how and to whom estate assets are distributed.
The probate process includes:
- Appointing an executor (if none are named in the will).
- Identifying and notifying beneficiaries, creditors, heirs, and the public.
- Property appraisal—the executor inventories all property to determine estate value. If the estate ends up lacking funds to pay creditors, any named beneficiaries may not receive their assets.
- Paying all debts and distributing assets.