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Your questions answered: What is Probate?

Published November 19, 2008

Probate is the court-supervised process of finalizing a person’s affairs and distributing his or her property after death. This becomes necessary if someone dies without a Will or any other estate planning provisions in place. A special probate court handles all aspects of administering an estate in the absence of other legal planning.

Probate courts also handle cases that determine the validity of a Will. Wills that are not written by an attorney may be open to legal challenge and could be rendered invalid. Help your family members avoid the hassle of the probate process by working with a lawyer to draft a legal Last Will and Testament and know your assets will be distributed according to your plans.

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