Adoption is the legal
procedure through which a minor is recognized by law as being the
son or daughter of the adopting adult(s) and as having all of the
rights and duties of such relationship including the right of
inheritance. The adoptee takes the name designated by the
A conservator is a person who is
appointed by the court to manage the property of a minor or
incapacitated person. The difference between a conservator and a
guardian is - the guardian looks after the person and
their welfare while a conservator looks after their estate.
Will is a document which
provides the manner in which a person's property will be distributed
when he dies. A person who dies after writing a will is said to have
died testate. If someone dies without writing a will, they have died
intestate. In Alabama, the maker of
a Will must be at Least 18 years old of sound mind; and free from
improper influences by other people.
An involuntary commitment is a procedure whereby a person is involuntarily placed
in the custody of the State Department of Mental Health for
treatment. A person cannot be committed due to a drug or alcohol
problem. The law specifically states that such problems do not
constitute a mental illness for purposes of this act.