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I am very sorry about your loss and this unfortunate situation and your recent loss.Unfortunately, unless the Trust Agreement is properly executed, it would not be legally valid and unfortunately any verbal promises would not be legally valid when it comes to inheritance or distribution of an estate.
If the person dies without a Will in Alabama, than any assets that were titled in the deceased person's name only would be divided according to the intestate succession (law) which you can find at the link below:
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Generally, if the Will was executed prior to marriage of the deceased person, the Will would still be valid, however, the surviving spouse is entitled as to what is called an elective share of the estate.
The elective share is the lesser of: (a) the value of the decedent’s estate minus the value of the spouse’s estate; or (b) one-third of the decedent’s estate.