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Mark S. Drobny was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1977 (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and General Sciences), UOP McGeorge Law School in 1980 (J.D.) and 1981 (LL.M-Taxation). He is a Califor...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Business, Tax, Life Insurance
I am a Shareholder and Partner with Drobny Law Offices, Inc. I earned my JD from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in 2010, where I graduated in the top 10% of my class and received the Witkin Award for...
Practice areas: Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning
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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.