Probate is the legal process where the court approves the will and appoints an executor. The executor is usually nominated in the will.
If an executor is not nominated in the will then the state will nominate someone.
The executor is responsible for filing inventory of the estates assets, distributing the assets, and paying the estates debts among other tasks.
Moral of the story: Make a will. Determine your executor. Decide who receives your assets.
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