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Synonyms for probate

a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate

the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements

put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence

establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)

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The Probate Finder OnDemand service, of which Horn says there are strangely no competitors, automates the process of locating probated estates.
This created a setting for the usual probate contest, but Anna Nicole/Vickie added a twist by filing for bankruptcy in federal court in California while her husband's will was being probated in state court in Texas.
Because the living trust doesn't have to be probated when the owner dies, the animal can go to its caretaker without any hiatus in a shelter or kennel.
Bellesiles himself notices (but typically pays no attention to) an interesting phenomenon: Where probated estates had guns, those guns were often broken, rendering their value far below the worth of the guns that were not broken.
Eurig, the widow and testatrix of the individual whose estate was being probated, she had paid the probate fees under protest and, in fact, had already appeared in two lower courts on the same issue, losing each time.