I have been practicing in the Pensacola area since 1983. My practice is primarily in... more
I have been practicing in the Pensacola area since 1983. My practice is primarily in the areas of trusts, wills and probate which incorporates lilmited liability companies as part of the estate planning process. Additionally, a significant portion of my practice involves s.1031 transactions - tax free exchanges of real estate - where I act as the qualified intermediary and as the accomodation... view profile
Tommy G. Smith joined Shell, Fleming, Davis Menge in 2010. He is a member of the... more
Tommy G. Smith joined Shell, Fleming, Davis Menge in 2010. He is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academyof Florida Elder Law Attorneys. These are professional associations of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services for seniors and people with special needs in the areas of public benefits, wills and trusts, probate and estate pl... 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.