The probate process is the process where your beneficiaries and executor have to prove that your will is valid. During the probate process, a court considers the many legal aspects of the will, including if it was legally created.
Specifically, what is being proved is that:
- The Will
- Was signed by its maker (its “Testator” (male) or “Testatrix” (female)), and
- Is the most current Will of the Testator/trix (ie, it has not been revoked).
- The Testator/trix was legally competent to make a Will:
- A person
- Of sound mind (ie, having “testamentary capacity” and lacking “insane delusions”)
- Who has attained the age of 18 years.
- The Will was made under lawful circumstances:
- Witnessed by at least two competent witnesses who subscribed their names to the Will while in the presence of the Testator/trix at his/her request, and
- Not made by mistake, restraint (duress), fraud, undue influence, or forgery.