Probate court administration is the process of authenticating a deceased person’s last will and testament as their official will and qualifying a Personal Representative who will act as executor of the will and do what is required by the will and the law.  Probate courts also will handle intestate estates, which are those where the deceased did not have a will, but whose property is passing through the state laws of inheritance.

Probate, then, refers both to the judicial process of administering decedents’ estates, generally, and more specifically to the actual order by which a court validates a specific document as someone’s last will and testament.

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