Schuyler F. Hoynes is a native and current resident of Cobb County, where she lives... more
Schuyler F. Hoynes is a native and current resident of Cobb County, where she lives with her husband and a menagerie of pets. She earned her B.A. from the University of Alabama in 2001 and her M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University in 2004. After earning her M.B.A., Schuyler moved back to Atlanta, where she worked as a legal assistant until deciding to go to law school in 2006. Schuyler... 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.