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Birmingham Elder Law Attorneys

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Karen M.
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Mr. Griffin was able to provide quick and efficient legal help in one of the most chaotic times in my life. He and his office took the time to get to know my family and we devolved a plan catered to my personal situation. I would recommend Mr. Griffin to anyone in need of a divorce or family law attorney.

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Our law firm is available to represent you in the court of law if you have recently suffered an injury due to someone else's negligent behavior. Contact us to see how we can help you.

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Rated a "Top Attorney in Elder Law" by Birmingham Magazine six years running! We help seniors and their adult children navigate the maze of finding care, paying for care and managing independence while avoiding the costly mistakes people make who don't seek professional advice. If you (or a loved one) is getting older, chances are you could benefit from at least a consultation. We provide assistance with Veteran's benefits, Medicaid applications and Conservatorships and Guardianships. We assist in the probate of estates after a loved one has died. We provide Powers of Attorney and healthcare directives along with a variety of trusts. The Alabama State Bar requires that the following disclaimer appear on virtually all communications with prospective clients "In accordance with Alabama Bar requirements, no representation is made that the quality of legal services is greater than the legal services performed by other lawyers. ARPC 7.2(e)".

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We have twenty years experience in providing a wide range of legal services. Our many and diverse clients have included well-known recording artists, small businesses, municipal governments and individuals facing life-altering events. We have had the privilege of working with families from all walks of life who have sought justice as the result of catastrophic injury, wrongful death, defective products and/or nursing home neglect/abuse. We also maintain an active practice in the areas of domestic relations, divorce, child custody and criminal defense.

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I'm a certified mediator, and I specialize in family law, divorce, child support, post-divorce, auto accidents, wills, living wills, power of attorney and probate estates. I have been practicing law since 1997. I'm a member of the Alabama State Bar, and I'm experienced in many jurisdictions in Alabama.

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We provide personalized, attentive service to individuals, families and small businesses in need of legal services. We handle cases related to divorce, child custody, child support, wills and estate planning, as well as business litigation and condominium law. For types of cases we don't generally handle, we help people find the right lawyer for their needs. We handle some matters entirely by phone, mail or internet for your convenience and answer basic legal questions for a flat fee of $45.00. The Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct require that the following language accompany this communication: No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. No information provided here in this advertisement is intended as legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Licensed in Alabama and Texas. No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Not a member of the Texas board of legal specialization. We do not represent you unless you both pay our fee and sign a fee agreement with our firm.

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Have you suffered injuries from someone else's negligent behavior? Do not face the consequences alone, and get the legal attention you need. Contact us right away as we can help with car accident cases, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful deaths and more. We can evaluate your case immediately to get started on helping you gain the most financial compensation possible.

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What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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