Stephen Grant is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Stephen E. Grant (www.... more
Stephen Grant is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Stephen E. Grant (www.stephengrantlaw.com). Stephen Grant provides comprehensive estate planning services for clients, including estate planning document preparation, probate representation, trust administration and related litigation. The Law Office of Stephen E. Grant’s clients include families and individuals throughout Los Angele... view profile
In the nonprofit world, "ask Fred" is a common refrain when a complicated planning... more
In the nonprofit world, "ask Fred" is a common refrain when a complicated planning issue is involved. Fred J. Marcus is a long time partner and Chairman of our Estate Planning and Charitable Planning Departments. He is a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. Mr. Marcus lectures on and writes frequently about estate planning, tax exempt organizations, and charitable ... 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.