Probate is the legal process that takes place after a person dies. In Indiana, the Probate Court handles all matters regarding the deceased's estate. The Probate process includes:
Opening an estate on behalf of the deceased
Validating the deceased's will
Paying off creditors and debts
There are many other responsibilities and duties that are involved in the Probate process. Probate has many downsides and is generally considered costly, time-consuming and best avoided for most people.