The Alabama Small Estates Act was passed in 1979 and amended in 2009. This Act provides a method, through a court proceeding, to distribute personal property of a deceased person in a summary distribution manner to a surviving spouse, or appropriate distributes of the decedent, without full probate administration. The value of the entire decedent's estate (personal property) shall not exceed an amount subject to adjustment by the State Finance Director on an annual basis for changes in the Consumer Price Index. Please note that real property cannot be administered under this Act.
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