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Wills, Estates and Trusts Law – What Do I Need To Know About Probate Procedure?

  • The probate procedure is what happens when a person dies with a will.
  • It is the process by which the court approves a will, formally appoints an executor or executrix, issues testamentary letters that allow the executor or executrix to act on behalf of the estate pursuant to the will.
  • Without being granted that authority to act by the court, you can’t marshal assets, pay debts or really do anything.
  • Even if everyone agrees that this person should be given the authority, the court still has to be satisfied that everything was done properly and that you have that authority.

This short informational estate planning video was provided by Nicholas Mattia, an experienced Jackson Heights Estate Planning Lawyer.