In Alabama, if a family member passes away and he or she does not have a will – the estate will be divided by Alabama State Law through a process called intestate succession. Intestate succession states that if you were to die without a will, all of your assets will be transferred to your closest living relatives. The family members and friends of the deceased are consumed with miscellaneous and daunting tasks following death. During this trying time, the surviving family members should not be subjected to the added stress of an extensive legal battle regarding the estate of the deceased. Drafting a will before your death will ensure that your estate remains protected and that your family is protected from the lengthy and expensive legal process.
The major difference between a will and a living will in the State of Alabama is that a will only goes into effect after a person has died, a living will goes into effect while a person is still living. Most commonly, a will is used to outline how an estate will be divided, while a living will is used to outline the quality of care that you wish to receive during the remainder of your life. A living will is common for those who cannot properly communicate the quality of care in which they wish to receive for the remainder of their life.
Our compassionate elder law attorneys will help safeguard your assets and remove the legal burdens from your family. We’ve helped hundreds of clients just like you across Huntsville, Athens, Decatur, and surrounding areas create an encompassing will that outlines decisions that will have to be made after you’ve passed away. Our local will lawyers have decades of experience handling cases relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, and more.
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