The probate process happens when a person passes away. An executor, chosen by the deceased is usually in charge of the probate process – but not always. If there is no executor named or if the named person doesn't want the job, a personal representative or estate administrator can take on the task of overseeing probate.

Regardless of who is in charge, there are lots of different steps that must be taken during probate. Executors, estate administrators or personal representatives, beneficiaries or heirs, and loved ones of the deceased all need to know what is supposed to happen and need to make sure things are done correctly. This probate checklist will help to ensure that all the essential steps of probate are taken so the wishes of the deceased are respected, so property is cared for, and so beneficiaries and heirs can get their inheritance.