Probate means proving something before a Court. A Will has now power on its own until it is admitted to probate. A Court hearing is required to get the Will admitted to probate. At the hearing, someone must state certain facts about the deceased person, their Will, and their estate. If there was no will, the state has a default one that is used. This is called intestate probate, and is more complex.
At hearing, the Judge will appoint a representative of the estate, called an executor or administrator. This person is an officer of the Court and has certain duties and responsibilities that have to be carried out after the hearing concludes.
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