Probate is the act of proving the legal validity of a will. A will may require probate because the person that signed it isn’t around to verify his or her signature.

As Ambrose Bierce wrote, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” So comes the need for the probate. Though probate, from the Latin probare, “to test or prove,” is usually used for wills, it can also be applied to other legal documents, as in the proving of the validity of a document, or an official certification proving the document is real. Probate is also a verb meaning “to place a convicted person on probation.”

Definitions of probate
  1. noun
    the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
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    type of:
    proof, substantiation, validation
    the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
  2. noun
    a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
    synonyms: probate will
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    type of:
    certificate, certification, credential, credentials
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
  3. verb
    establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)
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    type of:
    formalise, formalize, validate
    declare or make legally valid
  4. verb
    put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
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