I have been practicing law since 1996 and have learned the value of building strong... more
I have been practicing law since 1996 and have learned the value of building strong relationships with my clients. I offer my valued clients the skill and experience of a large law firm with the personal attention that a solo practictioner can provide. I work with my clients personally to help determine the course of action best suited to the client's particular situation and desired outcome.
I practice in the area of wills, trusts, probate and real estate law, counseling... more
I practice in the area of wills, trusts, probate and real estate law, counseling individuals and corporate fiduciaries in connection with the intricate personal and business problems associated with the administration, disposition and sale of their assets. I am a graduate of Florida State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1986) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1990). I receiv... view profile
Jim Funnell's practice is limited to estate and trust planning, special needs... more
Jim Funnell's practice is limited to estate and trust planning, special needs planning for family members with disabilities, and estate and trust administration. He is a principal member of the Westport, Connecticut law firm of Hermenze Marcantonio LLC. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Sectio... view profile
DEGREES: Attorney Richard Smith received his Juris Doctorate degree from the... more
DEGREES: Attorney Richard Smith received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1983. Prior to that, he attended public schools in Danbury and graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Political Science. Richard was also elected into Who's Who Among Students In American Universities Colleges while at... 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.
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