In my second year of college I took a Civil Liberties course, studying the... more
In my second year of college I took a Civil Liberties course, studying the constitutional rights that make our country great. The course was taught by a lawyer, and it convinced me that I'd enjoy a career in law. After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1981, I took a job at the Legal Aid Office in Syracuse, where I was a trial attorney for five years. I handled mostly c... view profile
Accredited Estate Planner by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ESTATE PLANNERS COUNCILS... more
Accredited Estate Planner by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ESTATE PLANNERS COUNCILS Supporter of private property rights - Served as President of the Catskill Landowners Asso. as well as Vice-President of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.
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.