Hughes & Scalise, P.C.

Hughes & Scalise, P.C.

Birmingham, Alabama Attorneys Dedicated to Meeting the Needs of Clients in a Professional, Caring & Practical Manner

Firm Overview

Birmingham trusts and estates, probate, business and tax planning lawyers with more than 50 years of combined experience

At Hughes & Scalise, our top priority is serving our clients with expertise and compassion. We place a high value on providing exceptional legal service, and we are committed to giving clients the attention and respect they deserve. Providing the highest level of legal service in the most cost-effective, efficient manner possible is our firm's ultimate goal.

We can help you with the following:
-Business succession planning
-Charitable planning
-Estate and trust planning
-General corporate law
-Probate
-Taxation

Birmingham law firm committed to personalized attention

We are dedicated to providing prompt, responsive service. By employing the most current technology and online resource tools, we are able to offer resources equivalent to those available through larger firms and to produce quality results in a timely manner, while maintaining one-on-one contact with each client each step of the way.

Our attorneys attentively listen to your concerns and pride themselves on effectively meeting your legal needs in a way that is satisfying to you.
Main Office
Main Office
The Luckie Building
600 Luckie Drive Suite 310
Birmingham  AL  35223
Phone
  • 205-871-0300
Fax
  • 205-871-0450
Websites
Estate Planning
Alabama Trusts and Estates Attorneys Helping You Plan
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. Whether planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or guiding you through the probate process as you mourn the loss of a loved one, the attorneys at Hughes & Scalise can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Executorship duties
-Guardianship
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate
-Wealth transfer considerations
-Will drafting and execution

Estate planning
When devising an estate plan, we consider how best to protect your children and other beneficiaries, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

Our knowledge of current laws related to estate planning allows us to thoroughly analyze your estate and determine the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your companion animals, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We draft a will that reflects your desires, and establish living trusts if they advance your individual needs and your estate planning goals.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A living will is essential at every stage of your adult life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court will apply State law to determine how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your animal companions - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

We will work closely with you to draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We update client wills to address changes in applicable laws and changes to your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, you may express in your will wishes about their future care. This is especially crucial because, if a single parent dies or if both parents die at the same time and no guardian is named, the court will appoint a guardian and may make decisions adverse to the parents' wishes. You can also make arrangements for your companion animals' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your companion animals.

Nancy C. Hughes

Practice areas
-Estate planning
-Trust planning
-Taxation
-Probate
-Business succession planning
-Charitable planning
-Estate administration
-Family wealth transfer
-Fiduciary law
-Powers of attorney
-Trust administration
-Trust law

Admitted
-Alabama and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1991
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1995

Education
-Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
-Alabama State Bar Association
-Birmingham Bar Association
-Birmingham Estate Planning Council

Biographical details

Phi Kappa Phi. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Member, Cumberland Law Review, 1989 1991. Publications: Probate; Property, (November December 1993; September October 1997); The Practical Tax Lawyer (Fall 1995). Adjunct Professor, L.L.M. Program, University of Alabama. Adjunct Professor, Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Adjunct Professor, M.T.A. Program, University of Alabama. Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Member, Professional Advisory Council, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate

Leah F. Scalise

Practice areas
-Estate and trust planning

Admitted
-Alabama, 1985

Education
-University of Alabama, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
-Alabama State Bar
-Birmingham Bar Association
-Estate Planning Council of Alabama
-Alabama Planned Giving Council (Board of Directors, 1994 2000; President, 1999)

Biographical details

Associate Editor, Alabama Law Review.
Education
  • University of Alabama
    Juris Doctorate

Joy M. Howard

Practice areas
-Estate administration
-Estate planning

Admitted
-Alabama, 2002

Education
-Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-Alabama State Bar Association

Biographical details

Phi Delta Phi. Member, Curia Honoris. Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board. Recipient: Merit Scholarship Award; George M. Stewart Banking Award. First Place, Moot Court Competitions 2000 and 2001. Member, Cumberland Law Review. Author, "The Electoral College: An American Compromise from Its Inception to Election 2000," 32 Cumberland L. Rev. 643. Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow.
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate

Judi Z. Wurm

Practice areas
-Estate administration
-Estate planning

Admitted
-Alabama, 1985

Education
-Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-Alabama State Bar
-Birmingham Bar Association
-Birmingham Estate Planning Council

Biographical details

Member: Curia Honors.
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate

Heather Nicole Locklar

Practice areas
-Estate administration
-Estate planning

Admitted
-Alabama, 2010

Education
-Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D.

Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
-Alabama Bar Association
-Birmingham Bar Association
-Birmingham Estate Planning Council
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate
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