New Rules Can Save Money on Alabama Probate Expenses

The Alabama Supreme Court recently approved a set of rules to facilitate "limited scope" representation. Limited scope representation allows lawyers to assist clients with a specific part of a legal matter even if the client does not need (or cannot afford) representation in the rest of the...

Special Needs Trusts: What Happens When You Ignore Special Needs Planning

Another example of the importance of special needs trusts. I was contacted about a client with an all-too-common issue. A lady died several years ago without a will. At the time of her death, she owned a home that had been severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The home was uninsured and ineligible for...

How to Force Someone to Close or Settle an Estate in Mississippi

In our Mississippi probate practice , we sometimes get calls from heirs or beneficiaries who are anxious to close or settle an estate. Often the estate proceeding has stalled, and the heirs simply want to know why. There are many causes for delay in closing estate, some legitimate (e.g., assets to...