Gretchyn G. Meinken is an associate with SmolenPlevy. She is a member of the... more
Gretchyn G. Meinken is an associate with SmolenPlevy. She is a member of the Virginia and Maryland State Bars. Ms. Meinken received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law where she served on the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy. She graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in b... 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.