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Experienced Alabama Estates Attorney Guides You Through Probate

The probate process typically coincides with a situation involving painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Hughes & Scalise ease the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate Alabama county probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the beneficiaries of the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate, including out of state property
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, appraisers, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes
Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes among beneficiaries sometimes arise.Our attorneys have been successful in working with beneficiaries in resolving disputes.

Professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating disputes. That said, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Alabama probate court when doing so is necessary.

Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer at Hughes & Scalise
For legal services in Birmingham and throughout Alabama, call Hughes & Scalise at 205-871-0300 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.