George Reilly has been an attorney for more than a quarter century, with much of his... more
George Reilly has been an attorney for more than a quarter century, with much of his career serving the legal needs of Sailors, Marines, and their families as a Naval officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. Originally from Long Island, New York, George earned his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and his law degree from Saint John's University School of Law. In 1997, George ... 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.