Karin Blue has practiced law inGreenfieldfor over 20 years and practices in the... more
Karin Blue has practiced law inGreenfieldfor over 20 years and practices in the areas of business and real estate, non-profit organizations, estate and life planning, probate and trust planning and administration, elder law, business succession planning, guardianships and social security disability. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English fromIndianaUniversityin 1981, her Doctor of Jurisp... 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.