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Glossary Of Common Probate Terms

The intent of this glossary is to provide individuals going through probate with a general understanding of terms commonly used in Probate Law and their application. The definitions within this document are not comprehensive and are not intended to serve as a substitute for independent research of the law or for a probate attorney. We have however, reviewed the terms and we have worked with members of the law to check and review our content to provide you with the best and most up to date information. We believe that probate can be confusing and understanding the different terms is very important to navigate the process.

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  • The person who sets up a trust. In probate, a grantor is an individual or other entity that establishes a trust (i.e., the person whose assets are placed in the trust), regardless of whether the grantor also serves as a trustee. The grantor(...) Read More
  • Person appointed by the court to take care of minor children or incompetent adults.Sometimes called a conservator. If a person is unable to manage their own affairs or finances, the probate court may appoint a guardian to act on their(...) Read More
  • Latin for “guardian at law.” The person appointed by the court to look out for the best interests of the child during legal proceedings. As contrast to a guardian, who would be responsible for the ward's legal affairs, a guardian ad litem(...) Read More
  • The person charged with the responsibility to make decisions about a minor’s personal care or financial affairs until they come of age. An adult who looks after a child but is not the child's parent is referred to as a Guardian, and is(...) Read More

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