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Making a Last Will and Testament in Alabama
An Alabama Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that outlines your wishes related to asset distribution after death, including who will inherit your personal belongings, your money, or your home.
The person making a Will is known as the "testator," and the people or organizations appointed to oversee the testator's estate after death are known as "executors." Suitable for residents of Alabama, this Last Will and Testament is made for use in Jefferson County, Mobile County, Madison County, and in all other counties across the state. Any Alabama Will from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your unique situation. Making this official document provides a record of your decisions.
It is very simple to document your preferences with a free Alabama Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method, in many cases, will be much more affordable than finding and working with a conventional attorney. If needed, you can start a Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help that person sign after you've drafted it. Please note that for a Will to be legally valid, the testator must be mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the testator is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship might be necessary. In such a scenario, it's important to speak with an attorney.
Every person over 18 ought to have a Last Will and Testament. Even though it can be tough to think about, your loved ones will want to know your wishes in relation to guardianship (when applicable), your assets, and/or property when you pass away. Here are a few common occasions in which it can be helpful to make or update your Will:
Whether this Alabama Last Will and Testament has been drafted as part of a forward-looking plan or produced in response to a recent change in your life, witnesses and/or notarization are strongly encouraged as a best practice for proving the validity of your document.
Writing a Will is generally straightforward; however, you or your executor(s) might need advice. Depending on whom you ask, some lawyers will not even agree to review a document if they did not work on it. An easier approach would be via attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you can ask for feedback from an experienced attorney or ask additional legal questions about your Will. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.
The fees associated with meeting and hiring a lawyer to draft a Last Will and Testament could range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars, depending on where you are located. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than many other Last Will and Testament template providers that you might come across. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.
Attached alongside each Alabama Last Will, there's a series of suggested actions you should take to finalize your document. With a Premium membership, you may edit it, save it in Word or PDF format, print it out, or sign it. Even if you make copies, make sure to store your signed original document in a safe location where it can't get wet or otherwise damaged. It is critical that someone knows where it can be found after you pass away.
The requirements and restrictions are different in each state; however, in Alabama, your document needs to be signed by two witnesses. As a basic principle, your witnesses will need to be competent individuals. Furthermore, it is recommended that you have your Last Will and Testament signed by a notary public to emphasize its legitimacy.
Alabama Last Will and Testament Laws: Ala. Code §§ 43-8-1(34), 43-8-131, 43-8-135
A Will doesn't have to be filed with the court until the testator has passed away. Filing a Will (alongside any other forms needed by the county) initiates the process of probate.