Robert L. Ferris has over twenty one years civil litigation experience as an... more
Robert L. Ferris has over twenty one years civil litigation experience as an associate and sole practitioner. His practice areas include Probate, Wills and Trusts. Robert has extensive experience in Federal Court, Bankruptcy Court, Appellate Court and State Courts throughout California. Many of his probate and estate planning clients are referred to him from the San Francisco County Bar Associ... view profile
As the founder of The Law Office of Mark Gullotta, San Mateo County lawyer Mark... more
As the founder of The Law Office of Mark Gullotta, San Mateo County lawyer Mark Gullotta provides legal services in a wide variety of estate planning issues and matters of probate. He has been practicing as an attorney for more than 11 years. Prior to deciding to establish his firm, Attorney Gullotta worked at another firm and as a CPA. In 2012 and 2013, he was the chair of the Trust and Estate... view profile
I have been practicing law in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. I... more
I have been practicing law in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. I serve as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court and as a judge pro tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. I am a trained mediator and have helped resolve numerous disputes.
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.