I have been practicing in the area of Probate and Estate Planning law for 26 years.... more
I have been practicing in the area of Probate and Estate Planning law for 26 years. My law partner is my husband and the father of our two daughters. Jaime, the oldest is a 3L at South Texas College of Law. Jordan, the youngest graduates from the University of Houston in August. Jimmie and I were high school sweethearts. We grew up in East Texas. Graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Unive... 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.