What is meant by probating an estate?
Probate is the process by which the legal title to a deceased person's real estate and personal property pass to that person's legal heirs or, if there is a will, to any person designated by the deceased. Probate also involves preserving the estate until such distribution can take place and paying the debts of the deceased person. Probate takes place in the county where the deceased person lived. A "personal representative" is appointed by the Court:
Every action taken by the personal representative must be approved by a judge. It is imperative that the personal representative be guided by a competent attorney.
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