Lisa Shoalmire is an Elder Law attorney practicing in Texas and Arkansas. She holds... more
Lisa Shoalmire is an Elder Law attorney practicing in Texas and Arkansas. She holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate and a Masters in Taxation, in addition to her law degree. Lisa is a founding partner in the firm of Ross Shoalmire, LLP which began in 2005 and specializes in the specific legal needs of seniors and special needs individuals and their families. Lisa is also a mem... 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.