Probate court is primarily recognized for overseeing settlement proceedings of decedents' estates. However, this court also handles legal issues pertaining to minor aged children, the elderly, and individuals with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities.
The role of probate court is to protect the rights of individuals and ensure probate laws are followed during estate reconciliation. Although probated estates can be settled without hiring a lawyer, most people find the process confusing and overwhelming and prefer to work with a law firm.
Probate is required to ensure decedents' Wills are valid and to record transfer of property to designated beneficiaries. There are two types of probate processes. When a Will is recorded with the court it is known as testate. If a Will is not provided, the process is referred to as intestate.