Probate is a term that is commonly referred to in estate planning. A probate court handles estates where there is a will or where there is no estate plan in place at all (neither a will nor a trust). A probate court determines the validity of a will and appoints the personal representative who will be handline the estate. A probate court will also decide who gets the assets of the estate if there is no plan in place.

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