Wills and Probate

Probate Attorneys in Dothan – The Team at Parkman White, LLP, LLC

Dothan Attorneys For Estate Planning And Business Creation Knowledgeable In The Alabama Laws Of Probate

Dothan probate lawyers Parkman White, LLP provide a wide range of services relating to probate law, including estate planning, will and trust drafting, estate administration, powers of attorney, advance directives, beneficiary representation, non-probate transfers, and business organization. When people think of estate planning, they typically think about making a will. In reality, there are several way to effect the wishes of clients in regards to what will happen to their property and/or minor children after they are gone. Let’s take a quick overview of some of these tools.

About half of all property in the United States passes through the probate system. This means the property either passes under a decedent’s (person who dies) will or through intestacy (where the decedent has no will). The other half is classified as non-probate property, and passes outside of the probate system under some instrument other than a will. Examples of non-probate transfers include joint tenancies, contracts with payable-on-death (POD) provisions, life insurance policies, and interests in trusts. Trusts have become an increasingly popular vehicle for administering estates, due to the greater flexibility and control they offer compared to traditional wills.

One of the most important reasons to consider making a Last Will & Testament in Alabama is to decide who gets custody of a minor child in the event both parents were to die or become unable to care for the child.  The death of both parents can be traumatic enough; a custody battle between surviving relatives can only make the transition more difficult.  A well-drafted Last Will & Testament resolves these concerns, with the hope they never arise, but with the confidence that the children will be taken care of in the event the unthinkable happens.

Another critical area of probate practice involves advance directives and health care proxies, which allow a person to make difficult medical decisions, such as whether to remove life support, in advance. Typically the client will have an advance directive specifying certain decisions, with a health care proxy to make any decisions not considered in the directive. Along with ensuring the client’s wishes are carried out, these tools also relieve loved ones of having to make difficult decisions at a traumatic time.

Our offices also provide services to people who want to start a business or dissolve an existing one. Our Dothan legal team consists of experienced attorneys who are knowledgeable in corporate creation as well as the formation of limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), and professional corporations (PCs).  We can help you decide which corporate form is right for your new business, and guide you through the process of bringing it to life.

The Houston County probate attorneys at Parkman White, LLP are here to offer their experience and unique expertise to assist you with all your estate planning and business creation needs. Email us or give us a call today at 334-792-1900, and let our Dothan legal team go to work for you.