The term probate refers to the court supervised process of dealing with the property, possessions and liabilities a person leaves behind after death (the estate). It relates to the actual procedure of being granted legal permission to deal with a person’s estate, as an executor or administrator, as well as the steps taken to carry out the role.

Unfortunately, probate is a term that is often used generically and, although legally incorrect, can commonly refer to any situation where someone has died whether there is a will or not. Intestacy is the process to be followed when someone dies without a Will.

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