Barbara M. Brown grew up in Houston, Texas, went to college in Claremont, California,... more
Barbara M. Brown grew up in Houston, Texas, went to college in Claremont, California, and then returned to Texas to attend law school and graduate school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, graduating in 1998. After receiving her J.D. and M.B.A., she took a position as general counsel to a publicly traded company in San Antonio, Texas, which subsequently transferred her to Orlando, ... 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.