Alabama Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate Lawyers
Drafting your Last Will and Testament in Prattville A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — decisions that might not reflect your desires. At Cleveland & Riddle, Attorneys at Law, LLC, we can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.
Changing your Will As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, numbers of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care, especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian who will take responsibility for your pets.
Creating the best estate plan We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. We can assist you with the following:
Estate tax issues
Probate and will disputes
Will drafting and execution
Durable powers of attorney
Probate At Cleveland & Riddle, we apply our extensive knowledge about the Alabama probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
Filing the will with the Alabama probate court
Closing and opening bank accounts
Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
Valuating the estate
Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
Paying taxes and other debts
Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
Probate disputes When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represents your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. We are skilled mediators and litigators who can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.
Contact the wills, trusts, estates and probate lawyers at Cleveland & Riddle, Attorneys at Law, LLC Call Cleveland & Riddle, Attorneys at Law, LLC at 334.365.6266 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
711 McQueen Smith Road S., Prattville, AL 36066 P: 334.365.6266
Clock tower located in Prattville, Alabama near the Legends Conference Center and the Robert Trent Jones golf course.
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