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Kurt Zimmerman has practiced law for 25 years in the areas of real property, probate and trust law. He began his practice at the national law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago. Kurt’s practice focuses on personalized estate planning for i...
Practice areas: Probate, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Review: “Pamela was so very helpful to me with my legal problems. I felt very much at ease with her from our first meeting and our contact increased my respect for her as a caring professional showing personal and dedicated inter...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Medicaid & Medicare, Elder Law
Attorney Regina Drennan has been involved in probate and guardianship in a number of roles. She has been a caregiver, advocate, and attorney. Through these experiences, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by the family of an incapa...
Practice areas: Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law
Review: “Ken got back to me the day after I contacted him, using both email and phone. I felt that he was extremely well-versed in his specialty, and within a few minutes had identified some areas of vulnerability with respect to...
Practice areas: Probate, Guardianship, Litigation, Trusts
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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.