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
As the principal attorney at Sargent Law Offices, I am dedicated to achieving the... more
As the principal attorney at Sargent Law Offices, I am dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for my clients. Whether involved in business planning, formation, dissolution, mergers & acquisitions or assisting my clients with their personal estate planning needs, I ensure that I approach each step with thoughtfulness and vigor. In my past life I was a military officer, company com... 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.