I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY (Long Island), and graduated from Hofstra University (1986) and Hofstra Law School (1992). I practiced at prestigious Manhattan law firms until moving to Florida in 2004. I founded Beller Smith in 2008 with ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Trusts, Litigation, Estate Planning, Guardianship
Review: “Sophia Lopez handled the estate and probate issues for our family. She was thorough with all the legal and tax prep paperwork, kept all of her promised appointments, and was more than fair in billing at the end.”
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, 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 & skills: Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law
I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in April, 1984. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in October, 1984, first working with the Law Offices of Lawrence Michael Shoot in Miami. I was immediately immersed in the fields of Fami...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Corporate & Incorporation, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business
Review: “Ms. Arlene Lakin is well known and highly respected among her peers in the legal profession. I have worked with Ms. Lakin over the last several years. She is always well prepared and extremely capable.”
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Elder Law, Trusts
I am diligent, attentive to detail and efficient. My father was an army sergeant during World War II. Both of his brothers also served. Accordingly, I was raised by my father to believe there is a right way to do things. I am a meticulous and ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Litigation, Business, Estate Planning, Health Care
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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.