What is Probate?

Probate is the process whereby the local Probate Court, pursuant to state and local rules, oversees the administration and disposition of a Decedent’s estate.  The main purpose of probate administration is to ensure proper distribution of the Decedent’s estates to his or her heirs, as well as ensure the Decedent’s outstanding, valid creditors are properly paid.  It is a complicated process which requires proper and timely notification to certain people, identified by statute, as well as proper notification to creditors, proper handling of a Decedent’s assets, payment of valid creditor claims, proper disposition and/or liquidation of property, maintaining and submitting accountings of the probate assets, and filing various petitions and reports with the Probate Court.