A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, I enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. Rising through the ranks to first class petty officer, I received a commission as an Ensign in the surface... more
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, I enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. Rising through the ranks to first class petty officer, I received a commission as an Ensign in the surface line in 1970. I left the Navy as a Lieutenant after 13 years of service and accepted an appointment in the Naval Reserve, from which I retired after ten years service in the grade of Commander. I graduated from the... 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.