Carolyn E. Henel is managing partner at Roisman Henel LLP. She represents... more
Carolyn E. Henel is managing partner at Roisman Henel LLP. She represents individuals in estate planning, probate and trust administration, family business planning and charitable giving. In addition, she advises trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in the administration of decedents’ estates, preparation of estate tax returns, and the administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts. ... view profile
Margaret R. Roisman is a partner at Roisman Henel, LLP. She is a Fellow of the... more
Margaret R. Roisman is a partner at Roisman Henel, LLP. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel (ACTEC) and is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in probate, estate planning, and trust law. Each year since 2004, she has been selected by her peers as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers.” She has also been nam... view profile
I specialize in Will Contests, Trust Contests, and other probate litigation. I do... more
I specialize in Will Contests, Trust Contests, and other probate litigation. I do not do any Estate Planning (writing Wills and Trusts). I handle about half of my cases on a contingency fee basis, and about half on an hourly fee basis. See my website at www.triaylaw.com for more information. Thank you. Certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Pro... view profile
I am an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of trust and estate law. I... more
I am an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of trust and estate law. I prepare estate plans from the simple will to the complete family complex trust package. I advise and assist trustees in administering trusts. I advise beneficiaries of trusts as well. When an estate requires a probate administration, I guide and represent the executor or administrator through the entire process. I a... view profile
Steven M. Simrin is an Oakland, CA area probate and tax attorney and certified... more
Steven M. Simrin is an Oakland, CA area probate and tax attorney and certified public accountant. He spends most of his time helping clients with probate and trust matters, including disputes and litigation, as well as tax dispute resolution.
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.