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Joseph Hahn is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Joseph received his law degree in 1997 from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School o...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning
Emanuela Tala is an associate attorney at Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP (SBEMP), in the firm's civil litigation practice. SBEMP, the biggest firm in the Coachella Valley, is a full service law firm with offices in Palm Springs, Costa Me...
Practice areas: Probate, Government, Native Peoples Law, Employment & Labor, Litigation
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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.