A probate Will refers to estates where the decedent engaged in estate planning, but didn't take steps to avoid probate. This procedure is required to validate the last Will and identify assets owned by the decedent so their estate can be settled.
The probate Will provides written directives to designate a personal representative to handle affairs upon death. Wills also name beneficiaries who should receive estate assets, life insurance proceeds, and cash held in banks, retirement accounts, or investment portfolios.
The manner in which probate is conducted is governed by the jurisdiction where the decedent resided. However, if decedents owned real estate or a business in another state then probate might also need to be carried out in that jurisdiction.