I am the co-owner and President of a Central-Florida based law firm focusing on... more
I am the co-owner and President of a Central-Florida based law firm focusing on civil matters, including, but not limited to, real estate transactions and litigation, estate planning, probate, and guardianship.
Michelle Adams is an attorney with the Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan and practices in... more
Michelle Adams is an attorney with the Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan and practices in the areas of Family Wealth and Legacy Counselling, including Trust and Estate Planning, Advance Directives, Special Needs Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, Elder Law, as well as advanced estate tax planning for individuals with taxable estates.
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.