Probate is a court-supervised process used to validate your will and distribute your property.  The process takes anywhere from 6 months to over 2 years to complete, and may require that lawyers or other professionals be hired.  Even if you die without a will, your estate must still pass through the probate system.


  • Your will is filed with the probate court and becomes a public record.
  • Your executor inventories your property.
  • Your property is appraised.
  • All debts, including death taxes, are paid.
  • The court validates your will.
  • Court costs, attorneys’ fees, and executors’ fees are paid from your estate.
  • Then, and only then, the remaining of your estate is distributed to your loved ones.

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