What is Probate?
Probate is a court proceeding by which a will is proved valid or invalid.
The term is used to mean all proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, such as the process by which assets are:
- Applied to pay debts, taxes, and expenses of administration
- Distributed to those designated as beneficiaries in the will
- Probates the wills of deceased persons
- Establishes guardianships for incapacitated persons and minors
- Supervises the administration of the estates of deceased persons and incapacitated persons and minors
- Hears matters involving inter-vivos, testamentary, and charitable trusts
- Hears all cases involving civil mental health commitments
It is common for the court to hear any type of civil litigation, including personal injury, property damage, breach of fiduciary duty, and family law.
The probate court is charged with the responsibility of independently maintaining contact with every person under a guardianship each year. This is done through court visitor programs developed and maintained by the court.