John practices in the areas of estate planning and tax law. His estate planning and... more
John practices in the areas of estate planning and tax law. His estate planning and administration practice focuses on wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, in addition to more sophisticated planning with charitable trusts, insurance trusts, business succession, and structured gifts. In his tax practice, John works with individuals, businesses, and families to minimize taxation of personal and... view profile
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
Doris Loomis brings clients extensive experience in estate planning and probate law... more
Doris Loomis brings clients extensive experience in estate planning and probate law as she advises on options available to ensure efficient management of an estate during incapacity and to structure an estate plan which promotes the orderly disposition of the estate at death. She places a particular focus on the reduction or elimination of federal estate taxes through lifetime gifts, credit-she... 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.