I have been practicing law for 23 years. During that time I have helped over 1,700... more
I have been practicing law for 23 years. During that time I have helped over 1,700 families prepare their estate plans. In my law firm we focus on estate planning and estate administration.Ihave participated in over 250public seminars in eastern Iowa and western Illinois to educate the public on estate planning issues. I am licensed in both Iowa and Illinois. My law firm, Duffy La... view profile
DAVID PILLERS is a partner in the law firm of Pillers & Richmond. He received his... more
DAVID PILLERS is a partner in the law firm of Pillers & Richmond. He received his major in Economics and minor in Business from Valparaiso University, graduating in 1992, and received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating in 1998. Mr. Pillers maintains a full service practice but concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Probate... 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.