Probate

Probate is the legal process for settling the estate of a deceased individual.  It includes the court process of proving the validity of a will, if one exists, and/or determining proper heirs to the estate (determined either by the will or by the laws of intestacy if the decedent did not have a will).  Probate administration includes the collection and management of estate assets, payment of debts and distribution of property to the appropriate heirs.

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