Frequently Asked Questions
What is probate? Probate is the legal process by which a person's assets are distributed after they die. The probate process typically involves validating the deceased person's will, identifying and inventorying the person's assets, paying any outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries named in the will. If a person dies without a valid will, their estate is distributed according to the state's laws of intestacy. The probate process can vary depending on the state in which the deceased person lived, as each state has its own laws and procedures governing probate. Probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, and may involve court appearances, legal fees, and other expenses. However, it is an important part of ensuring that a person's assets are distributed in accordance with their wishes or in compliance with state law.