Debra Scott , JD, MPH has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a... more
Debra Scott , JD, MPH has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a lawyer and brings a strong combination of law, accounting and public health skills to the SP Consulting and SP Legal divisions. Debra is a strong fiduciary litigator and understands fiduciary and compliance principals resulting from her legal and accounting background. Debra has worked with nonprofit organizations... 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.