How are probate proceedings initiated?

Probate proceedings are initiated with the filing of a Petition by the person asking to be appointed a personal representative. The petition is normally prepared by an attorney. The appointed person will be responsible for the estate until all bills are paid and the balance of the estate is distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.

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1. What is Probate?
2. What is a will? When and where should it be filed?
3. Do you need an attorney to file a will?
4. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?
5. What happens if there is a will filed but no personal representative has been named?
6. How are probate proceedings initiated?
7. Are there different types of proceedings that can be filed depending upon the size of the estate?
8. What type of paperwork must accompany the form for filing a disposition for personal property without administration?
9. What happens after this information is filed with the Clerk?