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Probate Overview

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Probate is the legal process by which property owned by a someone who is deceased has passed to his or her heirs after the death. In other words, probate is simply passing title - or, determining who gets what when someone passes away, either by looking at the will, or if none exist, then the laws of intestacy - or laws that determine the hierarchy of heirs.

Probate law is a complex field and, practically speaking, requires a lawyer's guidance.

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