California Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of Califfornia Board of Legal Specialization. When I am not practicing law, I am reading, walking my dog, gardening, or woodworking. I also am inv...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Business
Review: “Mr. Fridley represented me for several years with a trust litigation case. He was very knowledgeable, aggressive, and easy to talk to. In the end we were victorious and I attribute it all to the efforts of Mr. Fridley.”
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Business, Contracts & Agreements, Litigation, Tax
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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.