After undergraduate school, Tara began working as an estate planning paralegal in... more
After undergraduate school, Tara began working as an estate planning paralegal in Albany. She quickly realized that she enjoyed the connection with families that position provided her and wanted to develop further those skill sets. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2002 with honors in the estate planning concentration and was fortunate to begin her legal career already with six years of ... view profile
Thomas M. Kernan, a Partner in the Clifton Park, New York law firm of Berger &... more
Thomas M. Kernan, a Partner in the Clifton Park, New York law firm of Berger & Kernan, P.C., practices in the areas of estate and trust planning, probate and estate administration, matrimonial and family law, litigation and dispute resolution and business law. Mr. Kernan received his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University, from which he graduated summa cum laude and wher... 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.