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Probate Basics

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When someone dies, his or her property and assets are called the “estate.” Probate is the process of distributing the estate according to a Will, or if there is no Will, according to the state “intestacy” law. The intestacy law tells the court what to do with the estate. Usually, under the intestacy law, only relatives of the decedent get anything from the estate.

This section will give you some basic information about the probate process.