I was born and raised in Central New York and started out as a high school teacher of French, English and Art. I attended Syracuse University College of Law and was admitted to... more
I was born and raised in Central New York and started out as a high school teacher of French, English and Art. I attended Syracuse University College of Law and was admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts in 1992, and the District of Columbia in 1993. I am also admitted to the Federal Bar in each of these jurisdictions. I was admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court in 1997.... 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.