Originally from Illinois, I moved to Seattle to pursue a legal education rooted in public service. I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2009 and have since developed a... more
Originally from Illinois, I moved to Seattle to pursue a legal education rooted in public service. I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2009 and have since developed a legal practice dealing primarily with family-related issues, QDROs, estate planning and probate matters. Additionally, I handle a number of civil litigation matters involving small business disputes and collectio... 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.