If I have a will, does there need to be a probate?

A will often guarantees probate.  Your will generally is not effective until after your death and after the will has been submitted to, and accepted by, the court.

Many people incorrectly believe that if they have a will, their Estate will not need to go through probate. The will does not avoid probate; the will merely provides the court direction about your wishes for asset distribution through the probate process.


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