What exactly is probate?

What does it do?

Asked on September 10, 2017 under Estate Planning, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

After someone dies, legal ownership of their property must be passed on to the beneficiaries listed in the Will. If there is no Will, the people receiving assets, the heirs, are designated by state law. This process is known as probate. Here is a link to an article that explains further: https://law.freeadvice.com/estate_planning/probate/probate-law-and-wills.htm

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