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Probate is the process of proving the valid will in court, and executing the wishes of the deceased expressed via the will. Probate can usually be completed without an attorney as long as you understand the process.

Probate is often defined as the process of proving a will. So what happens when someone dies without a will?

Probate is usually required even for small estates, but many states have simplified procedures for estates that fall under a certain threshold. 

Caring for a loved one who is aging isn’t an easy task, and when they live far away from you that task is even more complicated. How do you make sure they’re safe, healthy and happy when you can’t be there to check on them?

When I look back on my experience as an executor for my wife’s grandmother’s estate, there’s only one thing I wish I had done differently — made an honest assessment of the emotional and mental health of the beneficiaries I was interacting with.