What is Probate?
Understanding How Your Estate Will Be Administered.
Probate is the legal process that establishes the validity of your will. It is the first step in the administration of your estate, and grants the executor (usually named in the will), the authority to distribute your property among your beneficiaries, according to your instructions. Under probate, changes to the administration of your estate may be prompted only by the collective agreement of the beneficiaries, or by court order.
Many people mistakenly believe that their wills are valid when they are not. Getting probate right is the critical first step to avoiding potential risks, including the possibility of challenges to your estate, and needless stress and expense for your loved ones.