Kathleen has over 17 years of legal experience in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Civil Litigation. When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, she is here to... more
Kathleen has over 17 years of legal experience in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Civil Litigation. When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, she is here to help navigate the legal process so you can keep your focus on your family. Many trusts are created as an alternative to or in conjunction with a will and other elements of estate planning. State law establishes t... 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.