Los Alamos Probate Attorneys — 2 found

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  1. Los Alamos Probate Attorney James Patrick O'Neill

    James O'Neill

    Santa Maria, CA Probate Attorney
    Licensed for 33 years
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  2. Los Alamos Probate Attorney Kathleen Rosann Patton

    Kathleen Patton

    Kathy started her career in the banking business as a bookkeeper before taking time off from the work force to be a full time mother to her three sons. Before returning to work full... more
    Licensed for 9 years - $275-$340/hour
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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.