Court proceeding by which a will is proved valid or invalid. Term used to mean all proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates such as the process by which assets are gathered; applied to pay debts, taxes, and expenses of administration; and distributed to those designated as beneficiaries in the will. Conducted in states courts.
Source: U.S. Courts
When a person dies, you might have to come to probate court if:
- the person' property did not pass on automatically according to the title or arrangements such as joint tenancy, community property, or a trust, AND
- the estate is large enough that the property cannot pass on as a small estate.
Source: Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County
The judicial process to determine if a will of a dead person (called the "decedent") is genuine or not; lawful distribution of a decedent's estate.
Source: California Courts.