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Stephen M. Porter was born in Philadelphia and raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1997 from Susquehanna University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, where ...
Practice areas: Probate, Family, Estate Planning, Business, Wills & Living Wills
Review: “My family was dealing from out-of-state with a Pennsylvania estate. Mr. Metka was extremely helpful, responsive to all my questions, and knowledgable not only about probate but also tax issues. ”
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Tax, Elder Law, Real Estate
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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.