Chris Johnson serves clients in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside... more
Chris Johnson serves clients in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in trusts, wills and probate. He brings extensive experience in drafting estate plans for small to the largest estates, as well as years of reaching successful outcomes for clients in disputes involving wills, trusts or elder abuse. He is a Dean's Scholar graduate of Pepperdine University School of La... view profile
Kathleen J. Patterson is dedicated to assisting business owners with their contract,... more
Kathleen J. Patterson is dedicated to assisting business owners with their contract, legal, employment, and compliance issues, and assisting the public with their estate planning and probate needs. She continues to enjoy working as a neutral, either as a mediator or ombudsmen, which she has done since 2006.Until recently, Ms. Patterson served as a senior trial attorney with the law firm of Hom... 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.