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Probate is the court administered process of transferring the assets and liabilities of a decedent to the proper recipients. If probate is necessary, then regardless of whether a person died with a will (testate) or without a will (intestate), probate administration is necessary to prove the decedent's title to property and determine the proper identities of the persons entitled to that property. The process includes proving the validity of the will , if any, winding up the decedent’s final affairs, marshaling the assets, paying the creditors and distributing the remaining assets to the proper beneficiaries.