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I am one of three elder lawyer attorneys in Maine who are certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). NELF is the only ABA approved certifiying agency for elder law in the country. I have served on the board of directors of NELF and i...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Elder Law, Guardianship
Review: “Attorney Martin prepared wills, financial powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney for both me and my husband. Our initial consultation took approximately 30 minutes. The documents were prepared within the n...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Bankruptcy & Debt, Social Security, Real Estate, Litigation
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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.