I have been with Steffel Steffel, a small AV-rated law firm in Battle Creek,... more
I have been with Steffel Steffel, a small AV-rated law firm in Battle Creek, Michigan since 1995. Prior to returning to Michigan, I worked at two law firms in the Northern Virginia area. My "marketing plan" always has been to provide the best possible legal representation for clients by doing what it takes to get the job done, charging clients for productive time at a reasonable rate, and keep... 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.