Community Legal Assistance: Probate & Estate Planning

Definitions of Probate & Estate Planning

Probate is the process through which a court grants a person the authority to handle the legal affairs of a person who died leaving property titled in their name (real estate, bank accounts, vehicles, stocks and bonds, etc.).

Estate planning is the process of arranging the transfer of assets in anticipation of death in order to preserve both the maximum amount of flexibility for the individual prior to death and wealth for the intended beneficiaries.

Probate & Estate Planning Resources