Probate is the legal process of settling one’s estate after their death from beginning to end. There are many laws governing the process and depending on the value of the estate, it can get complicated. The process of probate includes the court authenticating the last will and testament, and the executor distributing the assets and satisfying any debts.
In most cases with a will, a specific person has been designated to be the executor, but if there isn’t a will, a close relative is typically appointed for the job to be the personal representative. The designated person can decline the responsibilities if they so choose and someone else can assume the duties.