On May 3, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation that will effectively abolish common-law marriage as of Jan. 1, 2017. Those already involved in valid common-law marriages before the cutoff date will still be recognized by the state.Read More
When a person dies intestate, the Alabama laws of intestacy will kick in to provide for distribution of the intestate decedent’s assets. This scheme of distribution may be referred to as intestate succession, intestate distribution or the laws of intestacy. These laws represent the Alabama legislature’s best guess as to what most people would want to happen to their assets.