I am 68 years old and a lifelong resident of the North Bay Area. I have always been... more
I am 68 years old and a lifelong resident of the North Bay Area. I have always been a sole practitioner and truly enjoy my work in trying to help people solve their problems and concerns. I am widely traveled in both the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. I enjoy people and am a rabid fan of the California Golden Bears, the New York Yankees and FC Bayern Mnchen. I also enjoy conversations ... view profile
I grew up in Santa Rosa. As the daughter of Michael Diepenbrock, a 40 year Santa... more
I grew up in Santa Rosa. As the daughter of Michael Diepenbrock, a 40 year Santa Rosa estate planning veteran, I was raised surrounded by the law and concern for clients, learning that, only when a lawyer does her job the right way, for the right reasons, is she worthy of being counted among her clients’ most-trusted counselors. I am very happy to put these values to work every day for my estat... view profile
Barry L. Adams is a lawyer specializing in probate and trust litigation. Mr. Adams... more
Barry L. Adams is a lawyer specializing in probate and trust litigation. Mr. Adams has had extensive experience in such matters as trust and will contests, removal of trustees, will and trust interpretation, accountings, and beneficiary disputes. Mr. Adams has successfully tried and litigated numerous probate and trust litigation matters. Please call for a free phone consultation at 800-813-260... view profile
Ken Jacobs is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning,... more
Ken Jacobs is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Probate Law. For over 16 years he has provided Sebastopol and Sonoma County with top quality trust estate services in a friendly and informal setting.
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.