probate

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1. The review or testing of a will before a court of law to ensure that the will is authentic.
2. The process by which an executor (if there is a will) or a court-appointed administrator (if there is not a will) manages and distributes a decedent's property.

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To make sure that the will was good and authentic we had to have a probate done, that would ensure we were okay.

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After my mother died, my no-good brother challenged her will in probate to try to get more of her money from her estate.

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The process of probate in the United States differs drastically between jurisdictions, in many cases it is totally handled as an administrative process.

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