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What is Probate?

Probate refers to the legal process that takes place following a person’s death. This formal, court-supervised process ensures that the deceased person’s liabilities are paid off and any remaining assets are distributed to the persons and entities who are legally entitled to own them.

Probate is often guided by a last will and testament. That document is executed by the decedent prior to death.

The will provides instructions on how remaining assets must be distributed after the debts and taxes are paid off. If a person dies without a will, however, state law will determine how the decedent’s assets are distributed.