Navigating Probate Court

Probate law touches on matters that affect everyone's lives. Most people know little about it until after a loved one dies or a family member is no longer able to care for themselves, and they are forced to navigate the unfamiliar system of probate court. For people in that situation, it can be very important to hire an attorney with experience in probate law.

The Russell D. Johnson Law Firm, in Mobile, Alabama, helps people from all walks of life with many different issues in probate law, including, but not limited to:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate administration
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Adoptions

In all these matters, one must take specific steps and pay close attention to detail. When done correctly, probate matters can help families in many ways. When done poorly, they can create big problems.

The Russell D. Johnson Law Firm helps people through the paperwork and procedures to ensure probate is done correctly.

What Is Probate?

When a person passes away, all her or his assets become known as the estate. Legally speaking, probate is the process through which an estate is administered and distributed according to the person's wishes. The court that oversees this process is known as a probate court.

When the person left behind a valid will, the estate is distributed to the heirs according to the will's instructions. In these cases, the probate court oversees the process, but it can be important for heirs and executors to have help from a lawyer who can help make sure everything is done correctly and no one is left out.

Probate becomes more complicated in cases where the person did not have a will, or where the heirs have reason to believe that the estate plan is not valid. In these cases, help from a skilled probate attorney is crucial.

Get Help With Probate

Navigating the probate process is not easy. There are many deadlines and potential pitfalls along the way. Get help by calling Russell D. Johnson Law Firm at 251-725-9481. You can also contact the firm by email.