Review: “YOU WILL BE SO VERY GLAD YOU CHOSE LAYNE BARTHOLOMEW!!!!! After meeting with 5 different Probate attorneys to review our case, we were referred to Layne Bartholomew by another attorney. We were so very lucky to be refer...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship
Review: “Howard's combined knowledge of Tax and Estate law, along with compassion for his clients, sets him apart from other "very good" Estate attorneys. I never hesitate to recommend Howard to my clients.”
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Tax, Trusts
Review: “Mr. Wasserson advised that he would try to handle this to keep it from getting nasty. When the other side started acting snippy in Court, my lawyer came down on them pretty heavy. After that, we were able to work things...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Child Custody
Began working in the legal profession as a teenager in a mid-sized law firm in Southern California. Continued to work in the field as a legal secretary and paralegal in a large firm in Los Angeles and a boutique estate planning firm in Claremo...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, 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.