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Collett P. Small is the founder of the Elder Law Firm of Collett P. Small, P.A. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Elder Law. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Florida International University and her Juris Doctor d...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship
Leisa Wintz is a former family therapist who assists families in a variety of legal capacities. A certified family law mediator, as well as parenting instructor Ms. Wintz agressively litigates when neccesary but tries to resolve situations outside...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Divorce & Separation, Estate Planning, Family, Child Support
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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.