Estate Planning & Wills

Help Planning for the Future

Estate planning is much more than deciding who gets what after you die. Effective estate planning allows you to:

  • Have a voice in important decisions about your future medical care.
  • Preserve the assets you have worked so hard to accumulate.
  • Pass your assets on to others in the most effective way.
  • Remember loved ones or favorite charities.
  • Protect and provide for loved ones with special needs when you are no longer able to do so.

Our Estate Planning Services

At Burttram & Henderson, our estate planning attorneys guide clients through the process of preparing for the future. Our estate planning services include:

  • Wills
  • Will contests
  • Health care directives (living wills)
  • Trusts
  • Special needs trusts
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Powers of attorney
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships

It is extremely important to have a will, especially if you have children or any significant assets. If you die without a will, the state decides who will receive your assets and who will take care of your children. The state will appoint a personal representative who must post a bond and file an inventory of all your assets with the court. A will can avoid these costly and very public actions.

Will Contests

Our estate planning lawyers not only draft and review wills and trusts, we also represent clients in will contests. If you believe a will is fraudulent or acquired wrongfully, contact us to discuss the case.

Probate and Estate Administration

After a loved one has died, there is important legal work to do before assets can be distributed. These tasks can be overwhelming for a family member. We will open the estate, inventory assets, pay debts, file taxes and transfer ownership of assets to the designated beneficiaries.

To discuss how we may be of service to you, please contact the attorneys of Burttram & Henderson in Birmingham, Alabama, for a free consultation.