Probate Terms to Know

by | Probate, Selling


Did your loved one pass away, and now you’re being bombarded with paperwork, legal speak and feeling overwhelmed? First of all, I’m very sorry for your loss. This can be a very difficult and emotional time for you, and extra challenging to begin to sort everything out. 


Hi, my name is Maria D’ Aura and I’ve been in your shoes. I know first hand how difficult it can be to navigate the legal process of probate and of selling a loved one’s home when you’re right in the thick of the grieving process. 


Here are some terms that you need to know to make your time a little less confusing. 


Probate: Probate is the process of deciding where, how and to whom to distribute the deceased property.

Another term is:  Executor. If you’re the executor of someone’s estate this means you are the person designated to administer the estate and ensure that the deceased person’s wishes are performed.

Other Probate terms are, Intestate vs Testate:

Testate means someone passed away and left a will.

Intestate means they died without a will.

So what does Estate mean? Estate is the total possessions or assets including money, jewelry, stocks and land.

These are just a few of the many terms you are going to see regularly. 

If you have been tasked with the job of executor for someone who has recently passed away, first of all I’m very sorry for your loss. Truly. I’ve been in your shoes twice now and it can be hard to think through everything that needs to be done. For more information, or any questions about selling a home as the executor your best bet is to start with a local probate attorney.  If you need a real estate agent to handle the preparation and sale of a home in an estate I’m happy to assist you.

Maria D’Aura, Realtor® | eXp Realty | 925-400-8488