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Probate
Category - Real Estate Glossary - Real Estate Terminology
1.  A word originally meaning merely relating to the proofs of wills but now it is a general name or term used to include all matters over which probate courts have jurisdiction which in many states are the estates of deceased persons and of persons under legal age.

2.  The process by which a court changes the title to a deceased person's real property. The property is from a decedent to either: 1) his or her heirs (as determined under the laws of intestacy), called an "intestate estate"; or 2) pursuant to the terms of his or her will or trust, called a "testate estate". All techniques which "avoid probate" involve changing title to the decedent's real property without court involvement.


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