No, not always. Probate is the court supervision of the distribution of assets of a deceased person after payment of taxes and creditors. Probate can be in accordance with a will, whereby the deceased person leaves written and witnessed instructions as to the disposition of his or her estate (this person is said to have died “testate”).  Or Probate can be in accordance with the laws of the State of California, if the deceased person died without a will (this person is said to have died “intestate”). In either event, the process of probating the estate of the deceased person […]

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