Probate is a court process. It is a public process. It is the process that is used to settle the final affairs of an individual who has passed away.

When a person dies all of their assets, their debts and other obligations become something we call “the probate estate.” The probate estate must be administered. To administer a probate estate means to go to court and file papers indicating that a person has died. The papers also request that an individual or a corporation be appointed “personal representative” of the deceased person.

This personal representative is then given the power to settle the affairs of the deceased person, more accurately, the probate estate. When someone dies they almost al