I have been a certified specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law by The... more
I have been a certified specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since inception of State certification program in 1990. LL.M. degree in taxation. My law practice is rated "av" (highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, and has been included in their Bar Register of Preemi... view profile
Erene K. Anastopoulos joined Blaha, Hartford, Perry Anastopoulos in 2007 and... more
Erene K. Anastopoulos joined Blaha, Hartford, Perry Anastopoulos in 2007 and specializes in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate and elder law planning. Ms. Anastopoulos also has experience litigating will and trust contests, capacity issues, and financial abuse of elders. Her practice includes the preparation of living trusts, special needs trusts, wills, dur... view profile
Practicing law and developing good lasting relationships with my clients is very... more
Practicing law and developing good lasting relationships with my clients is very important to me. I was originally in house counsel at various corporations -- Sun MS, HP, Symantec - doing corporate business law. When I left inhouse practice to care for my Mother full time who had Alzheimer's, I realized that I wanted to educate people on the importance of planning for their golden years... view profile
Mark S. Drobny was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from the... more
Mark S. Drobny was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1977 (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and General Sciences), UOP McGeorge Law School in 1980 (J.D.) and 1981 (LL.M-Taxation). He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California of Legal Specialization. He is a recipient of ... view profile
Mr. Rayo represents clients in Contra Costa County and throughout the San Francisco... more
Mr. Rayo represents clients in Contra Costa County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California, including Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Rafael, Walnut Creek, Redwood City, Daly City, San Jose, Mountain View, Hayward and Fremont; and across San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Marin County.
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.