A 1994 graduate from the University of Montana School of Law, and a recipient of a... more
A 1994 graduate from the University of Montana School of Law, and a recipient of a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law, Derek has 14 years of experience practicing law in Washington State. He enjoys helping people achieve their estate planning goals. He resides in Seattle with his wife and three daughters.
Charity Anastasio started in Estate law in 2006, as an intern as SeniorLAW Center in... more
Charity Anastasio started in Estate law in 2006, as an intern as SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she drafted estate planning documents for elderly clients, as well as assisting clients in probate, deed transfers, consumer protection, protection from abuse and financial exploitation, contractor disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes. She returned to Seattle and joined... 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.