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Attorney Catherine M. Geary develops close relationships with her clients, striving to understand their goals and issues and, where appropriate, the goals and issues of affected family members and caregivers. Building long term relationships wi...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Family, General Practice
When I garduated form Law School, I was hired by the Law Offices of James L. Doyle in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jim Doyle specialized in medicaid law and protecting assets for people in Nursing Homes. Jim taught me how to protect the home and asset...
Practice areas: Probate, Elder Law, Medicaid & Medicare, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills
Review: “I hired JoAnne to represent me during my divorce proceedings. This was a very difficult process for me but JoAnne made me feel at ease with her knowledge and experience. Both JoAnne and her staff were easily accessible....
Practice areas: Probate, Family, Personal Injury
Practice areas: Probate, Divorce & Separation, Marriage & Prenuptials, Guardianship, Wills & Living Wills
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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.