My Relative Died in Alabama Without a Will
If someone dies without writing a Will, they have died “Intestate”. Each state has laws governing the distribution of property when a person dies Intestate, called “Intestate Succession” and most state laws are generally similar but may not be the same. A summary of some of the laws of Alabama are shown below, but you should remember that these laws may not apply if the deceased was not a resident of Alabama, or if the property is located in another state. In this list, “Issue” means all of the people who have descended from the decedent. This includes children (both natural and adopted), grandchildren (both natural and adopted), great grandchildren, and so on. This information is provided to give you a general idea of the law and is not intended to provide the complete law or to be acted upon by you as legal advice and is not intended as legal advice.
Generally, in Alabama, if you die without a will, the law provides for distribution as follows:
Property going to the surviving spouse:
HOW WE CAN HELP
At Harville-Stein Law Offices, we are experienced in probating estates where a family member has died in Alabama without a Will, known as dying Intestate, and the Administration of an Intestate Estate. In any county in Alabama, including Jefferson County, Shelby County, Talladega County, St. Clair County, the Birmingham and Bessemer area, we can open the Intestate Estate for you. In certain circumstances, you will not have a family member who is available or qualifies to serve as the Personal Representative or Adminstrator/Administratrix of the Estate and we can evaluate our ability to serve as both the attorney for the Estate and the personal representative, if you desire. We are able to obtain bonds, a requirement for any Intestate Estate Personal Representative. We are experienced in obtaining appraisals of real property and personal property and in their sale so that the funds can be divided between the rightful heirs.