Colleen A. Dooley is admitted to practice in New York. She received her education at... more
Colleen A. Dooley is admitted to practice in New York. She received her education at SUNY Brockport, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, at Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing, MI). Colleen is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Albany County Bar Association. Her practice areas include estate planning (Wills, ... 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.