Estate Planning: Does the idea of preparing your will put you off? Many people... more
Estate Planning: Does the idea of preparing your will put you off? Many people believe it is something only old rich people must do. Don't believe it! Estate planning is a process to get your affairs in order so you will make life easier for your surviving family members when you die. Estate planning is something you do for your family. An estate plan is about your family not money! It can hel... view profile
Robert M. Hall is a charter member and partner of the Albuquerque, New Mexico law... more
Robert M. Hall is a charter member and partner of the Albuquerque, New Mexico law firm of Hall Rice, LLC. Mr. Hall graduated from Brigham Young University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and the State Bar of Arizona and is licensed to practice in the state and fed... 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.