What is probate?

Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person's estate is  properly distributed to heirs and designated beneficiaries and any debt owed to creditors is paid off.  In general, probate property is  distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament,  if there is one, or according to state law if no will exists.  Success in this arena requires, trust and communication between the client and legal counsel to guide you through what can be complicated legal questions.