I am a partner with the law firm of Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP in Sharon, Pennsylvania. I manage the firm's estate planning and estate administration practice groups. My... more
I am a partner with the law firm of Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP in Sharon, Pennsylvania. I manage the firm's estate planning and estate administration practice groups. My primary practice areas include estate planning, estate administration, elder law, corporations and non-profit organizations, and tax. I successfully completed the CPA examination and worked as an accountant for mor... 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.