Estate Planning 101: How to Probate a Will

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Estate planning is a sensitive subject that can be difficult to navigate. It involves topics people don’t often like to think about and processes that are complex. But engaging in estate planning is essential for protecting not only the things that you care about but also the loved ones who’ll receive them upon your passing.

Writing a will is a critical element of estate planning, and the probate process is often a critical follow-up element of proving your will’s validity and settling your estate. Understanding more about what probate is, along with some of the specifics involved in it, can help you better anticipate what your loved ones will go through — or what you may need to handle if you’re the executor of someone’s will.