If not knowing the answer to a question drives you crazy, we have a lot in common.... more
If not knowing the answer to a question drives you crazy, we have a lot in common. In fact, that was the main reason why I became an attorney. Before law school, I worked as a technology consultant for a Big 4 firm and owned a small businessand I felt apprehensive every time I encountered a legal issue. I found it challenging to find any clear guidance that would help me solve the real-world pr... view profile
Ann Pilkington focuses her practice on commercial and residential real estate... more
Ann Pilkington focuses her practice on commercial and residential real estate development and real estate finance. She also represents residential real estate developers with all facets of acquisition, financing, development, and disposition of real estate, including the negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, the negotiation of acquisition and development financing documents,... view profile
Kim Gossage was raised in Sterling, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., which... more
Kim Gossage was raised in Sterling, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., which means she is a die-hard Redskins fan. When her mother died unexpectedly at 46, Kim served as executor of her estate and as guardian for two elderly family members. As a result, she gained firsthand knowledge of how daunting the legal system can be for folks who are grieving and she learned the importance of plan... 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.