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Practice areas: litigation in probate, conservatorship, guardian and trust cases. Ms. Cooley received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law. Ms. Cooley is admitted to ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Trusts, Guardianship, Litigation
L. Rob Werner ranks amongst one of the most experienced lawyers in California. His handling of several difficult cases has made him one of the most reputed attorneys in the state. L. Rob Werner has received recognition for his outstanding se...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy & Debt, Trusts, Personal Injury
Review: “Susan drafted a family plan for my wife and me---will, revocable trust, healthcare directive, and various related documents. She took the time to understand our situation and wishes and to explain why it is advisable to a...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Business, Mediation
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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.