Steve practices primarily in the area of trust, probate and elder law. He has... more
Steve practices primarily in the area of trust, probate and elder law. He has extensive experience and education in helping families and individuals protect, grow and direct their wealth. He is a member of WealthCounsel, the foremost estate planning legal consortium which provides software and in-depth education. His two offices are in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Silver Springs/Oc... view profile
John Hine received his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL. M.) from the University of... more
John Hine received his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL. M.) from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to attending the University of Florida, John earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Clemson University. John’s main areas of focus are Complex Estate Planning (which includes wills, revocable trusts, irre... 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.