April Nordhaus is a McKinney native with an understanding of-and deep care for-the... more
April Nordhaus is a McKinney native with an understanding of-and deep care for-the community and its residents. She is recognized in the region for her compassion while providing expert counsel in estate and trust cases. She also handles probate, guardianship, and small business formations. April received a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University in 1998, and her l... view profile
Jake is an estate planning attorney and the owner of Estes Law Office, P.L.L.C. in... more
Jake is an estate planning attorney and the owner of Estes Law Office, P.L.L.C. in McKinney, Texas. His practice consists primarily of representing a wide variety of clients in the areas of probate administration, Wills and trusts (simple and complex), disability documents, elder law, guardianship, and corporate law. Previous to opening his own law practice, Jake was an associate estate plannin... 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.