Ms. Diane K. O'Connor is a graduate of Smith College and Marquette University Law... more
Ms. Diane K. O'Connor is a graduate of Smith College and Marquette University Law School. She received certificates in Trust Administration from Northwestern University and Advanced Estate Planning from the American College. Attorney O'Connor is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Associations. She is a Past Chair and Di... view profile
Licensed to practice law in 1982 I went on to get an LL.M. in taxation and estate... more
Licensed to practice law in 1982 I went on to get an LL.M. in taxation and estate planning. I have written two tax and estate planning books for Lexis Nexis, one of the largest legal publishing houses in the world. I also have written a number of law journal articles and specialty articles for electronic legal journals. I teach both continuing legal education courses in estate planning and t... view profile
Aaron is a founding partner of McDermott, Foley Wilson, LLP, which is a three... more
Aaron is a founding partner of McDermott, Foley Wilson, LLP, which is a three attorney law firm dedicated to helping clients with all of their legal needs. He assists clients with the transfer of assets following death of a loved one, guardianships and estate planning including power of attorney documents, wills and trusts.
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.