Barbara Schlichtman, Esq., helps clients design a plan that maintains their quality of life as they age. Barbara is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar, National... more
Barbara Schlichtman, Esq., helps clients design a plan that maintains their quality of life as they age. Barbara is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and ElderCounsel. She serves on the boards of Maine’s Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine’s Justice Action Group, the Portland Education Foundation, and the Peaks Island Fund. Ba... 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.