Attorney Amy Gostanian is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization on estate planning and probate law. Having handled hundreds of estate plans and... more
Attorney Amy Gostanian is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization on estate planning and probate law. Having handled hundreds of estate plans and administrations in her career, she brings a broad range of legal experience and competent, confident legal assistance to clients with estate planning and estate administration needs. From simple wills to complex assets... 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.