The Self-Proving Will Statute was enacted in 1982 in Alabama. Assuming that the proper petitions and waivers are submitted most wills go to probate without a hearing. A hearing will be held before a Last Will and Testament if the will is not self-proved with a minor, the person is incapacitated or the next of kin's location is unknown.
A decedent's estate is referred to as a "testate estate" once the will is probated and has to remain open for at least 6 months. We will walk you through the process to have the will admitted and probated, and will have Letters Testamentary issued by the court to help with any estate issues that may come up.
A decedent's estate is referred to as "intestate estate" if an individual dies without a will. It can be opened and "administered" at this time. It has to stay open for at least 6 months. Mr. McNair can help you and walk you through and give you more detailed information.