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Review: “I first went to Ms. Slaughter a year ago with Social Security and estate issues. This year I went back with my new wife to review my documents and to introduce my wife to her so that my wife would know to whom to consult ...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Social Security, Elder Law
David Galinis graduated cum laude from Duke University with a degree in economics in 1992. He received his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC in 1997. He is licensed to practice law in three states,...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Social Security
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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.