A wills and estates attorney handles the complicated process of sorting out legal and financial issues at the end of a life. Attorneys help people protect their families and their assets by writing wills and setting up trusts that simplify inheritance issues. After a death, a wills and estates attorney helps family members carry out instructions in a will, if there is one, and handle any legal challenges that arise. If there is no will, they help families enter the legal process for sorting out money and debts fairly. These attorneys also help executors or personal representatives carry out their legal responsibilities, which can be time-consuming and complicated for a non-lawyer.