I have been practicing law since 1984. My practice is focused in the areas of estate... more
I have been practicing law since 1984. My practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, real estate, and general business law. My philosophy of practicing law focuses on creating effective solutions to meet my clients' goals and objectives. I have been a lecturer in business law at Fox Valley Technical College. I have also given presentations to professi... 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.