Stephen Wills Murphybrings a level of rigor and sophistication to all of his cases,... more
Stephen Wills Murphybrings a level of rigor and sophistication to all of his cases, from drafting simple wills and tax-driven trusts; to handling complex divorce, estate, and property disputes; to forming LLCs and other business entities; to drafting and litigating non-compete agreements. Steve also maintains a site on 20 Frequently Asked Questions on Estate Planning Probate in Virginia... 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.