About Mark Coulter Mark T. Coulter is an experienced Pittsburgh attorney with an... more
About Mark Coulter Mark T. Coulter is an experienced Pittsburgh attorney with an extensive record of success solving his clients legal issues, with a focus of interest in Estate Planning and Elder Law issues. During his 17 years as an attorney, he has represented thousands of clients in dozens of states in need of assistance with their legal problems. He currently serves as the Direc... 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.