Laura Essay is originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska. Laura received a Bachelor of... more
Laura Essay is originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska. Laura received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and graduated with highest distinction in 2006. Following graduation, Laura enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law where she received the Martin N. Erck Memorial Scholarship. While in law school, Laura recei... 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.