Tom Thompson grew up in Tampa. After graduating with honors with a bachelor of arts... more
Tom Thompson grew up in Tampa. After graduating with honors with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Florida, Tom was hired as a legal assistant with the Tampa law firm of Haas, Boehm, Brown, Ridgon, Seacrest, and Fisher. While employed by the firm, Mr. Thompson worked in the field of insurance defense with emphasis in property and commercial liability claims. Mr. Thompson la... view profile
Jason E. Havens is Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, practicing in its... more
Jason E. Havens is Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, practicing in its Jacksonville, Florida (also serving Ponte Vedra Beach) and Tallahassee, Florida (also serving Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, and Rosemary Beach) locations. His private law practice specializes in complex estate and charitable gift planning for affluent individuals and families and on behalf of charitable organizations. Mr... view profile
Keith Halpernis the founding managing attorney of theHalpern Law Firm, P.L.C.,... more
Keith Halpernis the founding managing attorney of theHalpern Law Firm, P.L.C., practicing inProperty, Foreclosure Defense, Family Law, and Estate Planning. Mr. Halpern is a member of theReal Property, Probate Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Formerly with Legal Services of North Florida for five years, Mr. Halpern serves homeowners and families throughout Florida. Keith was previou... view profile
I am currently one of two lawyers in Tallahassee, Florida, who is board certified by... more
I am currently one of two lawyers in Tallahassee, Florida, who is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law. I have an AV" rating (highest) by Martindale-Hubbell which is based on peer review. I have been in Who's Who in American Law since 1987. I was selected as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers in my area of practice in 2006. I received an Outstandin... view profile
Amy Mason Collins is an elder law attorney with Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A.,... more
Amy Mason Collins is an elder law attorney with Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A., licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. She practices in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, probate, trust administration, and planning for and responding to issues arising from incapacity and aging.
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.