I have been in practice almost 30 years with the last 20 years focused in the area... more
I have been in practice almost 30 years with the last 20 years focused in the area of Elder Law, seeking to assist families with the sometimes daunting questions while also protecting as much of the family nest egg as possible. Proper planning can require execution of the right legal documents, structuring assets, making gifts to ultimately benefit the children or other heirs, assisting in ... view profile
Teresa Foutbegan her legal career in San Diego, where she worked as an associate for... more
Teresa Foutbegan her legal career in San Diego, where she worked as an associate for a Trusts and Estates firm, administering estates, probating wills, and litigating will contests. She was then hired by the San Diego City Attorney's Office as a prosecutor, where she spent much of her time in jury trials prosecuting a variety of crimes ranging from shoplifting and illegal drugs to DUIs. She al... 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.