I am a leading estate planning attorney and certified financial planner. I've been honored as a Rising Star by Super Lawyer magazine in the area of estate planning and probate. I frequently speak on a variety of estate and financial planning...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning
Cheryl L. Fratello is the president and founder of Fratello Law, P.C. and practices in the firm’s trusts & estates, elder law and real estate departments. For years, Cheryl has assisted clients with their estate planning through the use of wills ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Review: “What started for me as a simple Real Estate transaction was thrust into a very complicated Estate issue. I wound up in the midst of a combination of five real estate, probate and trustee lawyers, who did nothing more tha...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Real Estate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Business
AV Preeminent Rated and selected to Super Lawyers for 3 straight years, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Land Use & Zoning, Divorce & Separation, Bankruptcy & Debt, Child Support
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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.