What is Probate?

Probate is the process that takes place after a person has passed away with assets in his or her sole name, whether or not a Will or other estate planning documents, such as a revocable trust, are in place. Depending on the nature of the person’s assets and the efficacy of their estate planning documents, probate proceedings can be expensive and time-consuming. Additionally, the court proceeding and associated documents are all a matter of public record.