My family has been a part of the Monterey Peninsula community for over 60 years. My... more
My family has been a part of the Monterey Peninsula community for over 60 years. My grandfather, Karel A. Krasa, taught Czech at the Defense Language Institute while my grandmother, Zdena L. Krasa, worked in a cannery on Cannery Row. My mother, Joan Y. Krasa, taught at Bay View Elementary School in Monterey for nearly thirty years. My father, Peter G. Krasa, was an elementary school administrat... view profile
Ralph has more than 40 years of estate planning, and estate, trust, and civil... more
Ralph has more than 40 years of estate planning, and estate, trust, and civil litigation experience. He is committed to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, civility in his business and professional relationships, and service to the community. He is listed AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Ralph and his firm represents clients in... view profile
Eric N. Holk is a licensed California attorney with more than 25 years of experience.... more
Eric N. Holk is a licensed California attorney with more than 25 years of experience. His practice concentrates on estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, and related areas, and Eric is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law through the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Our support resources include in-house paralegal and notary services for clients ... view profile
I have 13 years' paralegal experience prior to admission to the bar. I have worked... more
I have 13 years' paralegal experience prior to admission to the bar. I have worked on many different types of cases including general civil litigation, unlawful detainer, and admistrative law in addition to hundreds of family law cases.
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.