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Badeni, Cantilo, Carricart & Bilbao Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. Montgomery, Alabama
Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. Mobile, Alabama
Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds, Washington
Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Tampa, Florida
Brody Wilkinson PC Fairfield County, CT
Brothers Smith LLP San Francisco, California
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona
Caldwell East & Finlayson PLLC San Antonio, Texas
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers Sydney, Australia
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno, California
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Visalia, California
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Sonora, California
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton, New York
Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. Missoula, Montana
DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. Tucson, Arizona
Eddins Domine Law Group, PLLC Louisville, Kentucky
Elam & Burke Idaho
Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C. Peoria, Illinois
Fogg Law Firm Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Greenberg Glusker Los Angeles, California
Hargrove, Smelley & Strickland Shreveport, Louisiana
Hodkin Stage Ward, PLLC Boca Raton, Florida
Jafa & Javali New Delhi, India
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Rapid City, South Dakota
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Spearfish, South Dakota
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood Salt Lake City, Utah
Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. Roseland, New Jersey
Martin George & Co. Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Martin George & Co. Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago
Mateer Harbert, P.A. Orlando, Florida
Menzer Law Firm, PLLC Seattle, Washington
Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P. Fort Worth, Texas
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McCabe & Hudson APLC San Diego, California
ONC Lawyers Hong Kong
Pearce Durick PLLC Bismarck, North Dakota
Prospective Legal, PLLC Tulsa, Oklahoma
Rosen Hagood Charleston, South Carolina
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston, Massachusetts
Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Cleveland, Ohio
Stephenson Fournier Houston, Texas
Strauss Troy Cincinnati, Ohio
Strauss Troy Covington, Kentucky
Timmins LLC Denver, Colorado
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC West Virginia
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, Virginia
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach, Florida
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne, Florida
Wilke Fleury LLP Sacramento, California

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Probate the process of proving a will is valid and thereafter administering the estate of a dead person according to the terms of the will. It is a judicial act or determination of a court having competent jurisdiction establishing the validity of a will. First the will is filed with the clerk of the appropriate court in the county where the deceased person lived, along with a petition to have the court approve the will and appoint the executor named in the will (or if none is available, an administrator) with a declaration of a person who had signed the will as a witness. If the court determines the will is valid, the court then “admits” the will to probate.

Probate is a general term for the entire process of administration of estates of dead persons, including those without wills, with court supervision. The initial step in the process is proving a will is valid and then administering the estate of a dead person according to the terms of the will. The will must be filed with the clerk of the appropriate court in the county where the deceased person lived, along with a petition to have the court approve the will and appoint the executor named in the will. If an executor is not named in the will, an administrator is appointed. A declaration of a person who had signed the will as a witness is also filed. If the court determines the will is valid, the court then “admits” the will to probate.

Even if there is a will, probate may not be necessary if the estate is worth no more than a stated dollar value or is small with no real estate title to be transferred or all of the estate is either jointly owned or community property. The probate process involves fees set by statute and/or the court (depending on state laws) for attorneys, executors and administrators, the need to publish notices, court hearings, paperwork, the public nature of the proceedings and delays while waiting for creditors to file claims, whether money was owed or not.