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It is necessary to probate the will when the decedent owns assets, whether personal or real estate, solely in his or her name (assets that do not have a joint owner with right of survivorship, beneficiary named, or payable upon death designee). Assets include:
There is no set time limit to which a will must be probated or estate administration must begin. It is recommended however that you begin the process within 30 days after the death of your loved one.