Common Terms

Succession: The legal process by which property is transferred from a decedent to the heirs.

Estate: The term used to describe the mass of assets and liabilities that someone has when they die.

Decedent: The term for the person who has passed away.

Probate: The process of presenting a Last Will & Testament to a court to be recognized.

Testate: The term for the type of succession when the decedent has a Last Will & Testament.

Intestate: The term for the type of succession when the decedent did not have a Last Will & Testament.

Heir: The term for the person that inherits from the decedent in an intestate succession.

Legatee: The term for the person that inherits from the decedent in a testate succession.

Executor: The term for the person that the court approves to handle a testate succession.

Administrator: The term for the person that the court approves to handle an intestate succession.

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