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Probate Basics

Probate refers to the court-supervised process of sorting out a person's final affairs. A will generally lays out how the person's assets should be distributed upon death, but when a person dies without a will, the courts are often left to distribute what remains within a person's estate. This section contains information and resources on probate basics, including an overview of the probate process, an article explaining probate fees, a questionnaire to help you prepare to meet with a probate attorney, and a listing of state probate courts and laws. Select from the list of titles below to get started.
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