I grew up in Portland, Oregon and enjoy all this area has to offer. In my free time,... more
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and enjoy all this area has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing and a multitude of other outdoor activities with my family and friends.
Steve combines his 17 years as an estate planning attorney with a solid tax... more
Steve combines his 17 years as an estate planning attorney with a solid tax background working at two of the "Big Five" accounting firms. As Shareholder of the estate planning practice Steve manages the business and assists clients with all aspects of their estate plans including wills, trusts, life insurance planning, estate and trust administration after death (including probate), and busines... view profile
Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and... more
Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and administration. As a husband and father, Chris understands the hopes, joys and fears of being a parent. Chris is dedicated to preparing unique, affordable estate plans that give his clients the peace of mind of knowing they have provided for their families. Chris also believes in giving back to the community. He is a mem... view profile
Marsha Murray-Lusby is a partner at Dunn Carney whose practice emphasizes estate... more
Marsha Murray-Lusby is a partner at Dunn Carney whose practice emphasizes estate planning and administration. Her practice includes the preparation of wills and trusts; the administration of all types of trusts; the administration of probate estates; estate and gift tax planning; preparation of estate and gift tax returns; and post-mortem planning particularly involving tax, disclaimer, and env... view profile
Brook D. Wood began working for David W. Owens, P.C. Associates in September of 2008,... more
Brook D. Wood began working for David W. Owens, P.C. Associates in September of 2008, during his final year at Lewis and Clark Law School. While in law school, Brook undertook a much-varied courseload to ensure he received the broadest legal education possible. Brook graduated in the spring of 2009, took the bar exam that summer, and joined the firm as an attorney after being sworn into the ba... view profile
Wes Fitzwater is a partner in the law firm of Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion, LLP,... more
Wes Fitzwater is a partner in the law firm of Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion, LLP, one of Oregon's oldest and largest Elder Law and Estate Planning firms, emphasizing estate and tax planning, protective proceedings, probate, elder law and long term care planning.
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.
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