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Practice areas & skills: Probate, Tax, Estate Planning, Business
I am a person who has overcome great adversity in life by always seeking to learn, grow, live with integrity, and try to help others. I am a fighter, but one who knows the difference between a laser guided missile and a shotgun. One who knows when...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning
Sara Kiviat Berkenwald is an attorney with the Bellevue firm of JGS, where she specializes in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, taxation and charitable giving. Sara received her bachelor's degree from the University o...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts
I've been passionate about helping seniors and their families since 1993 when I had the opportunity to help two families protect long held real estate from the costs of long term care for one of the patriarchs. Since then my practice, and now my ...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Guardianship, Elder Law
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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.