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Probate is the legal process in which the probate court authenticates a written document as the will of the deceased person and directs the distribution of the estate to the persons entitled to it according to the will. If there is no will (or living trust) or if the will is declared invalid, the probate court distributes the property to the heirs entitled to it under the state laws of intestate succession.

Within a certain time after a person dies, usually thirty days, the person named as the executor or executrix of the will must file the will, a certified copy of the death certificate, and a petition to probate the will with the court clerk and begin probate proceedings.

It is best as an executor to hire a probate attorney who will take care of these things. Contact a probate attorney in New Port Richey, FL at Williams & Ackley, P.L.C. for probate consultation today.