Kathleen R. Rodberg joined The Van Winkle Law Firm's Trusts & Estates Practice Group... more
Kathleen R. Rodberg joined The Van Winkle Law Firm's Trusts & Estates Practice Group in August 2012. She received her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. While in law school, Kathleen served two years on the staff of the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, including one year as an Executive Editor. She also worked as a student attorney in t... view profile
I was born and grew up in Raleigh, NC. I attended Broughton High School where I... more
I was born and grew up in Raleigh, NC. I attended Broughton High School where I played basketball and soccer. For college, I attended Furman University in Greenville, SC on an ahtletic scholarship. I was a four year starter on the women's soccer team, an All Southern Conference selection, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Sp... view profile
Ms. McDowell, licensed by the Virginia State Bar and North Carolina State Bar, has... more
Ms. McDowell, licensed by the Virginia State Bar and North Carolina State Bar, has made significant contributions to the Oast Taylor team and continues to forge a prominent career serving our citizens and community. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar, Ms. McDowell practices pri... 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.