How are probate proceedings initiated?

Probate proceedings are initiated with the filing of a petition by an interested person asking to be appointed personal representative and/or distribute property depending on the size and complexity of the property. 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, and when and where should it be filed?
3. Do you need an attorney to deposit a will?
4. Are there different types of proceedings that can be filed depending on the size of the estate?
5. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?
6. What happens if there is a will filed but no personal representative has been named?
7. How are probate proceedings initiated?
8. What type of paperwork must accompany the form for filing a disposition of personal property without administration?
9. What happens after this information is filed with the Clerk?