Probate meaning

prō'bāt'
Probate is to establish that a will is valid.

When an executor of an estate goes to court and proves that the will is valid and enforceable, the act of verifying the will is an example of probate.

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Probate is defined as the official legal process of proving that a will is valid and of distributing the property and carrying out the actions as directed by the will.

When someone writes a will and then dies and the will is verified and confirmed in court, the process of confirming it is an example of probate.

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The legal process by which the validity of a will is established.
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Judicial certification of the validity of a will.
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To establish the validity of (a will) by probate.
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Of or relating to probate or to a probate court.

Probate law; a probate judge.

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The act or process of proving before a duly authorized person that a document submitted for official certification and registration, esp. a will, is genuine.
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The judicial certification of a will.
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All matters coming under the jurisdiction of probate courts.
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Having to do with probate or a probate court.
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To establish officially the genuineness or validity of (a will)
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To certify in a probate court as mentally unsound.
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The process of presenting a deceased person’s will to a court to validate it. An administrator, or executor, is appointed to carry out the will’s instructions.
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A judicial procedure by which a will or other instrument is ruled to be valid according to legal requirements; the proving of the validity of a will or such to the court.
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(law) The legal process of verifying the legality of a will.
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(law) A copy of a legally recognised and qualified will.
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Short for probate court.
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To establish the legality of (a will).
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A certified copy of a probated will.
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Origin of probate

  • Middle English probat from Latin probātum neuter past participle of probāre to prove prove
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin probatus, past participle of probare (“to test, examine, judge of"); see probe, prove.
    From Wiktionary