Probate Proceedings

If the decedent died having executed a will, the probate process begins with the admission of the will to probate. This means that the will is given legal effect by the court. The court's decision that the will was validly executed under state law gives the administrator the power to perform his or her duties under the provisions of the will. If the decedent died without a will, the estate will be administered pursuant to the state's law of distribution.

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