What is Probate?
Probate is the court supervised process of proving the validity of a last will and testament created by a testator or deceased person.
If a person dies without a valid will (intestacy) the estate will follow the state statutes in the state in which the decedent lived.
Intestacy proceedings are administered through the county probate office. The percentage of assets to be allocated to the surviving spouse and or children of the decedent are articulated in state probate codes.
Probate is also referred to the process of following the terms of the last will and testament, state laws and administrative procedures in settling the probate estate.
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