Kristina Beavers is licensed in both California and Virginia although she has... more
Kristina Beavers is licensed in both California and Virginia although she has recently had her license moved to an inactive status in California because she doesn't spend as much time there as before. Her main office is located in Yorktown, VA where her practice is geared toward the individual and small business clients that are located in the areas of Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, Glou... view profile
I practiced law in the Boston area for over 20 years before moving to Virginia in... more
I practiced law in the Boston area for over 20 years before moving to Virginia in 1999 to help care for my parents, so I have experienced many of the challenges my clients and their loved ones address in the estate planning process. For that reason, I can speak from personal experience when I counsel clients about the benefits of estate planning, and the difference good planning and sound docum... view profile
Mark A. Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, in 1969, the son of an Officer in the... more
Mark A. Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, in 1969, the son of an Officer in the United States Navy whose travels took the family from coast to coast and as far away as Japan. Mark began high school at Bruton High School, in Williamsburg, Virginia, before transferring and graduating from Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California, in 1987. Mark thereafter attended and graduated from Ch... 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.