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Highlighting Alabama's stance on holographic wills

Like many Hoover residents, you may be reluctant to jump into the process of estate planning due to a hesitancy to having to work with a lawyer to create a will. Yet such formalities are not required; indeed, Alabama state law does not mandate that a will be created by an attorney. However, many come to us here at Somma & Macon PC thinking that all they need to do to create a will is simply jot down their wishes on a piece of paper. You should be aware of exactly what the state requires in order to ensure your will is validated. 

Intestate succession in Alabama

People work throughout their entire lives in Hoover accumulating assets with the hope that they will be able to better their own lives, as well as those of their children. Yet even with the desire to benefit their future generations in their minds, many do not place anywhere near the same effort in seeing to their estate planning. In fact, according to information compiled by Gallup, as of 2016 only 44 percent of American adults even had a will. This prompts the obvious question of what happens when one dies without a will? 

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