What Is Probate?

Most people are familiar with the operation of the civil and criminal divisions, having seen trials portrayed on television and described in various newspaper articles. However, to the average person, the role of the probate division (formerly the probate court) is a complete mystery. In fact, many people remain unaware of the existence of the probate division until they are faced with the many financial and legal details that may arise on the death of a close friend or relative.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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