What Is Probate?

What Is Probate?

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Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies. It makes sure property and possessions are given to the correct people, and any taxes or debts owed are paid in full. If there’s a written will, the court checks that it was signed and witnessed correctly and is valid, and then makes sure the directions in the will are carried out.

But the court doesn’t do all this work alone. The probate judge needs someone to take the reins for this job—either an executor or personal representative. They’ll be the point person whether or not there’s a clear will in place.