I am an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York. A native of Western New York, I received my B.A. in Political Science & Modern Languages summa cum laude from Canisius... more
I am an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York. A native of Western New York, I received my B.A. in Political Science & Modern Languages summa cum laude from Canisius College in 2003, and graduated from SUNY Buffalo Law School magna cum laude in 2006. After working as an associate attorney in Buffalo from 2007-2008, I joined the Thomson Reuters (West) publishing company as an ... 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.