What is probate?

Probate is a legal process through which the assets of a deceased person are properly distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries. 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, 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?