Marlene Pappas Getchell has been certified by the State Bar of California as a... more
Marlene Pappas Getchell has been certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law for over 15 years. She specializes in representing clients by writing wills and trusts, probating wills and administering trusts and in trust and estate litigation. Marlene Pappas Getchell also represents clients seriously injured in automobile accidents.
Mr. McDevitt has been an active, practicing trial attorney for over 40 years,... more
Mr. McDevitt has been an active, practicing trial attorney for over 40 years, litigating a wide array of cases across the state of California. He has regularly represented members of the California Highway Patrol, police officers, firefighters, and safety officers for over 30 years. He holds an "AV" (highest possible) rating from Martindale Hubbard. Since 2007, he has been selected as a "Sup... view profile
Trust Probate Litigation The Law Offices of Timothy J. Chambers represents... more
Trust Probate Litigation The Law Offices of Timothy J. Chambers represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other individuals in all types of trust and estate litigation. Most of the firm's cases are in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma Counties. However, the firm has handled notable cases all over the State of California, including cases in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Clients get the ... view profile
Attorney Michelle C. Lerman represents clients throughout Northern and Southern... more
Attorney Michelle C. Lerman represents clients throughout Northern and Southern California. Certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, she creates custom legacy plans for the unique needs of individuals and families. Ms. Lerman has been practicing law for over 25 years, has published n... 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.