BARBARA M. PIZZOLATO was first admitted to practice law in 1987. In July of 1994,... more
BARBARA M. PIZZOLATO was first admitted to practice law in 1987. In July of 1994, she opened her own practice in Dix Hills, New York after practicing in Manhattan from 1987 to 1993 and then in Melville, New York for a year and a half. She presently maintains offices in Melville, New York; West Orange, New Jersey and Fort Myers, Florida. Although still admitted in the State of Connecticut, she n... 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.