Julius J. Hoffman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1969, and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 1974. He is a member of the State... more
Julius J. Hoffman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1969, and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 1974. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Jackson County Bar Association, Real Property Law, Probate and Estate Planning, and Business Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Jackson Area Estate Planning Council. He is also a ... 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.