FAMILY & ESTATE / PROBATE
Probate is a comprehensive concept, covering various legal procedures. It encompasses the legal handling of an estate after a person’s passing and can also signify the specific act of submitting a will to a court official for filing. When referring to estate processing, probate essentially outlines the instructions for posthumous estate management, with all estates subject to a defined protocol.
A common misconception is that probate solely applies to estates with wills. However, this is inaccurate. Every estate undergoes probate, irrespective of the presence of a traditional will. While a traditional will streamlines the process and articulates preferences, absence of a will prompts the legal system to dictate estate distribution.