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I have over 10 years of experience in estate and trust administration. I continue to be in demand to speak before legal, accounting, and business groups. I am Co-Chair of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Fairfax Bar Association. I am S...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Trusts, Guardianship, Estate Planning
John Laster is a lawyer licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He limits his practice to wealth transfer planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare decision issues, estate administration, estate taxe...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trusts
Review: “Chris Hatch helped me with a very unusual situation. A will had been signed in the presence of 2 witnesses. However, the notary claimed that since she was not a medical doctor, she could not determine someone of sound m...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Real Estate, Litigation, Business
Barney Goodman is a Partner with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig who specializes in resolution of business and construction disputes, mechanics liens, real estate, foreclosures, and contract, corporate and employment disputes as well assisting clients in ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Communications & Media, Financial Markets and Services, Business
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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.