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
I specialize in probate and trust litigation. I have extensive experience in such... more
I specialize in probate and trust litigation. I have extensive experience in such matters as trust and will contests, removal of trustees, will and trust interpretation, accountings, and beneficiary disputes. I have successfully tried and litigated numerous probate and trust litigation matters. Please call for a free phone consultation at 707-542-6644 for Northern California. In Orange County, ... 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.