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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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  • A ward is a person or thing under guard, protection, or surveillance: such as Minors are subject to wardship. A ward can also refer to a person who by reason of incapacity (such as minority or mental illness) is under the protection of a(...) Read More
  • A document that directs the disposition of a person’s property upon death. A will is a legal document that coordinates the distribution of assets after death. A will can appoint guardians for minor children and also designate beneficiaries(...) Read More
  • A will contest is the legal proceeding challenging a will. Many times family members that are disinheritedCoi will challenge the validity of a will. A will can be challenged for any reason, however, to win a will contest there must be a viable(...) Read More
  • A Writ of Execution is the legal document that authorizes a sheriff to seize and sell property in order to satisfy an obligation. The court clerk issues these when they're needed, so you'll want one as soon as possible. Another way to think(...) Read More

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