Category: Definitions

  • What Is the Difference between Testate and Intestate?

    Hiring an estate planning lawyer is critical for ensuring that your wishes are respected. A death in the family brings out the worst in people, and you want to avoid infighting, jealousy, and resentment. The challenge is some people plan ahead by creating a will and leaving specific instructions for handling their estate. These situations are known as testate — when the person dies and leaves a valid will. Most wills are legal and describe how you want your assets distributed. Intestate is when a person dies and doesn’t leave a will. Confusion could arise in these situations, and the courts resolve intestate cases following state law. Knowing these terms will help you to make an informed decision when creating an estate plan. Dickson Frohli

  • Please define the term probate | Probate Definition

    Dictionary Definition Probate 1.       (a) :  the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine (b) :  the judicial determination of the validity of a will 2.      :  the officially authenticated copy of a probated will Origin of the word “Probate” Probate means "to prove," from the Latin verb "probare."  In Middle English it took the form of the word “probat”, which is derived from Latin probatum, neuter of probatus, past participle of probare.  The first known use of Probate was in the 15th century.[1]   Sources 1.