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Education: Dickinson College, B.A. 2004 University of Maine School of Law, J.D. 2008 General information: Miles joined Epstein & O'Donovan on a full-time basis in the fall of 2016, having practiced in the areas of estate planning and probate a...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills
There are two values of practicing law that I have come to appreciate most: overcoming legal challenges and helping people. Over the course of my career in criminal law, I have effectively defended clients against violations of their constitutiona...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Family, Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense
Steve Schwartz, has been practicing law for about 30 years, and is known as one of the most caring, hardworking, and successful lawyers in the state of Maine. He has been voted by his peers into Best Lawyers in America, and has received an AV--the...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, 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.