What is Probate?

Probate is a legal process through which the assets of a deceased person are properly distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries under a will. The Court oversees the estate to make sure debts are paid and proper distribution is made.

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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?