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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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  • An heir is a person entitled to inherit the property of a decedent. An heir is a person who inherits or expects to inherit property from an ancestor. One of the primary examples would be that when someone's father dies, they are their sole(...) Read More
  • An Heiress is a woman who is legally entitled to the property or assets of another person when that person passes away. An heiress is another name for a female heir. The term heiress was coined in the early 1900 and was commonly used when(...) Read More
  • In the past, many people would write their will on a piece of paper and sign it, but that led to problems with individuals faking wills so a self made handwritten will has developed its own name, referred to as a holographic will or(...) Read More

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