Robert is a JD/MBA graduate from the University of San Francisco and holds an... more
Robert is a JD/MBA graduate from the University of San Francisco and holds an Economics degree with highest honors from the University of California, San Diego. He has been working with families to establish comprehensive estate plans for over 10 years. Mr. Gordon decided to specialize in estate planning because of his own personal experience. When he was 7 years old he lost his father to cance... view profile
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.