Ihave been practicing law since 1972 and have been practicing exclusively in the... more
Ihave been practicing law since 1972 and have been practicing exclusively in the Trusts and Estates area since 1986.I counsel clients in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and elder law, including public benefits planning.I generally handle 300 to 400 new cases each year and often serve as an expert witness in litigated trust and estate matters. I am head ofmy firms seven-attorney ... 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.