Probate is a court-supervised process to accomplish the transfer of property from a deceased individual to either the decedent’s beneficiaries as identified in the decedent’s will, or to the decedent’s heirs if the decedent died without a will.  Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property according to a valid will.

A surrogate court decides the validity of a testator’s will.  A probate interprets the instructions of the deceased and decides the executor as the personal representative of the estate.  Furthermore, a probate adjudicates the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate.

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