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Thad Austin Davis

Probate Attorney at Birmingham, AL

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thad

Learn Thad’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas

I have practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama for twenty-two years.  I focus on probate, estate, and trust litigation as well as estate planning and estate and trust administration.  I also handle real estate litigation matters, especially those related to trusts and estates.

I concentrate my practice on family disputes over inherited assets and claims against executors and trustees.  This includes will contests, spousal rights issues, negotiations, paternity disputes, executor and trustee misconduct, and joint account litigation.  

I frequently assist clients with trust and estate matters not involving litigation.  This part of my practice includes probating wills, administering trusts and estates, and dealing with the other legal issues caused by the death of a family member.  I also represent clients in drafting wills, trusts, advance directives, prenuptial agreements, and durable powers of attorney.   

I have earned an AV Preeminent® rating, the highest rating category, from Martindale-Hubbell. From 2016 to 2021 (the last year of the list), B-Metro magazine has named me to its Birmingham "Top Lawyers" list.  I lecture frequently for other lawyers on both a state and a national level regarding estate, trust, probate, and related litigation topics.  

The Alabama Bar requires the following statement: "No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers."

Location

The Law Offices of Davis & Davis, LLC
300 Vestavia Parkway, Suite 2300
Birmingham, AL, 35216

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Reviews

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Posted by Edward | December 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I have worked with Thad Davis for nearly 2 years on my brothers estate. No matter how complex it gets, he knows just how to handle things. He goes above and beyond. He is very educated on probate, estate planning. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for these services.
Posted by Leslie | November 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Thad.
He represented me in matters involving the estates of my deceased parents and elder brother which was a very sensitive, complex situation. He made me aware of a benefit I was due from my father's estate that I would have never known I was due otherwise. He did an outstanding job and I highly recommend him to others. Thank you, Thad.
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Posted by Blair | November 10, 2022
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Great Experience!
Thad was wonderful throughout the closing of my mom’s estate. He is honest, approachable and provides thorough explanation throughout the entire process. I highly recommend him!
Posted by George | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Efficient - and to the point
Thad solved our issue getting a trust company to release our assets to us after they demanded extreme liability protection and indemnification - or, they would hold up the transfer for months or years with unnecessary and duplicitous legal proceedings. Bottom line: Thad knew the law, they did not. We had it done in 2 weeks.
Posted by David | July 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional Attorney
I am the Personal Representative for by best friend’s wii in Georgia Thad was referred to me by my estate attorney in Georgia to transfer a deed to property in Alabama to the heir who resides in Georgia. I can not say enough good things about his professionalism. He goes way above the call of duty to keep you informed on what he is doing. He will text you first, then he will send you an e mail and finally he will call you, you never have to wonder what he is doing. The most impressive thing he did was to refund me over $800 from a retainer fee that I was not expecting. Finally, he has impeccable professionalism and is an even better person. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2017
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Extremely helpful
He made sure to keep me informed about any particular problems that may arise in the unfortunate circumstance when someone dies and you find yourself taking over their estate. He was able to tell me exactly what I should be looking for in all the paperwork, as well as things that I should follow up on. If I had any problems calling anyone, he called on my behalf. He worked diligently and met all the deadlines. His rate is reasonable for the amount of time he puts in. Communication skills are good, very personable and easy to discuss all the answers for all the different questions you will undoubtedly have. I had about ten thousand, and he patiently took them all; if he did not have an answer immediately, he made sure to get back to me with one. The law can be pretty daunting at times, and there's so many ways to make an error that could end up causing (and costing$$) a problem later on down the line. It's good to have someone on your side who not only wants to do their job, but also genuinely cares about the well being of the client. It's difficult to put a price on that.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2017
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Great Estate Lawyer
Thad is a thorough lawyer, who get's thing done. He's very personable, easy to talk with, and very knowledgeable about estate wills, and the laws that along with it. I would absolutely recommend Thad to someone needing help in this area.
Posted by Cherie | December 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Friendly
Thad is a knowledgeable, friendly attorney. He prepared my new Will and Power of Attorney and Living Will and he did it promptly and well. Thad is thorough and I enjoyed working with him .
Posted by Mitchell | March 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
effecient and quality
Thad Davis worked quickly and gave me services that exceeded expetations.
Posted by Kathryn Stacey | January 12, 2015
Thad Davis is the most compassionate and helpful attorney I've ever come in contact with
i asked a question on Avvo and Mr. Davis responded immediately. I called him soon after and he was very happy to talk to me. He gave me informed and helpful advice. He even agreed to represent me and is contacting a lawyer in Mobile, AL to represent me. This has taken a huge weight off our shoulders! I would recommend him to all my friends!
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Posted by IKE | April 25, 2011
Thad A. Davis, an excellent lawyer and a great person
I would just like to say that having Thad Davis for my lawyer has been a wonderful as well as profitable experience.He worked diligently on my case and kept me informed every step of the way.He is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in his field of law, and his honesty, integrity, and tireless work ethics speak for themselves.He made himself accessible to me during non business as well as business hours,I will never forget that.Thad is the reason why I was successful in winning my case, he's a great lawyer and a even better person.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Absentee lawyer
In 2006 Thad Davis drew a will for me along with a Power of Attorney, for which I paid him a large sum of money. He has the original of my will. Since then, he moved his office without informing me. Recently I tried to get in touch with him. I called several times and got an answer machine. He has not called back. My E-mail failed to go through because there was no code to "recognize." Where is Thad Davis? And why won't he answer my calls? His office appears to be in the Summit, but is he actually there?
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-325 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member/Manager
  • The Law Offices of Davis & Davis, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Business Law Instructor for Masters in Accounting Program
  • University of Alabama
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Associate - Estate Planning Department
  • Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Florida
  • LL.M.
  • 2001
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • Duke University
  • A.B.
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McGimsey v. Gray, 260 So. 3d 25 (Ala. 2018)
  • Trial court ruling overturned on appeal in will contest case.

Associations

  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • BNI
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Outstanding Faculty Award
  • National Business Institute
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2018
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Birmingham's Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent®
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • John W. Thatcher Full-Tuition Tax Scholarship
  • University of Florida
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Is the Will Valid? Testator Mental Capacity and Influence by Heirs - National Seminar
  • Will Contests
  • 2018
  • Parent Conference
  • Deducting Special Needs Tuition for Income Tax Purposes
  • 2012
  • Writing as a Business
  • Estate Planning for Writers
  • 2011
  • Parent Conference
  • Deducting Special Needs Tuition for Income Taxes
  • 2011
  • Estate Admistration Procedures
  • Opening the Estate & Estate Litigation
  • 2011
  • Probate Process from A to Z
  • Opening the Estate
  • 2010
  • Probate Court Judicial Forum
  • Originator & Co-Moderator
  • 2009
  • Oddities and Challenges in Probate Law
  • Challenges with Personal Representatives
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Thad
Probate Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We have worked together on both the same and opposite sides of various cases over the years. Thad does a great job in assisting clients work through very complex estate and estate planning issues every day. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thad is an outstanding attorney. We have worked together on both the same and opposite sides of various cases over the years. Thad does a wonderful job in assisting clients work through very complex estate and estate planning issues every day. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Thad and I have worked on three or more cases in the past several years. He has a deep well of knowledge in his field, and I have confidently referred several will contests to him because of his expertise."
Probate Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Thad is a hard worker who dilligently put together a case that at one point seemed insurmountable. In the end, a settlement was reached in the matter in mediation for $2 million dollars. No one gives up $2 million, unless you have laid the foundation for an excellent case, which Thad did."
Divorce and separation