Sanford R. Altman is a Senior Counsel member of the Business, Trust & Estates team.... more
Sanford R. Altman is a Senior Counsel member of the Business, Trust & Estates team. Mr. Altman is a graduate of New York Law School, former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney and a member of the AARP Legal Services Network since its inception. Sandy has been practicing in Orange County since 1983 and now focuses on areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Law and Probate and Estate Adm... 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.