Estate Planning & Living Trusts
10. What is probate?
Probate is the legal process through which the court makes sure that, after you die, your will is valid, your debts are paid and your assets are distributed according to your will.
Probate is the ONLY legal way to change the title on an asset when the person listed as the owner cannot sign his or her name.
Now, of course, if you're not alive anymore, you can't sign your name. And your family and friends can't just sign FOR you.
Only the court can change titles after someone dies.