Jean Gillis is an attorney licensed in Florida and North Carolina. Please direct all... more
Jean Gillis is an attorney licensed in Florida and North Carolina. Please direct all written correspondence to the Florida office address. Get ready for a “wow” experience at the Gillis Law Firm! Jean Gillis understands that you need an attorney who is not only competent, but who is welcoming and appreciates you. After all, the practice of law is not about papers—it’s about people and relati... view profile
Jim Hickmon is an wealth transfer, estate planning and employee benefits attorney in... more
Jim Hickmon is an wealth transfer, estate planning and employee benefits attorney in Charlotte, NC. Jim assists clients with estate planning, trust, tax and probate law issues. He also works with clients to resolve trust and estate related disputes, including representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in litigated matters. He is a member of the American Bar Associations Committees on Estate Pla... view profile
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
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.