Barbara Schlichtman, Esq., helps clients design a plan that maintains their quality of life as they age. Barbara is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and ElderCounsel. She serves o...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Medicaid & Medicare, Trusts, Elder Law
Review: “We had such a wonderful experience with Tracy! She was extremely thorough and was able to explain everything to my husband and I in laymen's terms. After meeting with her I feel like a weight has been lifted off my sh...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning
I joined Weibrecht & Reis after spending close to eight years working at a larger firm where I focused on family law but also handled real estate matters, probate litigation, guardianships, and commercial transactions. Spending time working in ot...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Family, Real Estate
I worked for the Chapter 7 Trustee for several years before beginning my own bankruptcy practice. I now work with a firm, representing both debtors and creditors, so I know the law from both sides.
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy & Debt
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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.