Probate is the process whereby the Court handles your Estate to pay your debts and distribute your remaining assets to your legal heirs.
If you do nothing to establish an Estate Plan, be it either a Will or a Trust, you are said to have died “intestate”. Without any Estate Plan, upon your death, your Estate will need to be probated.
If you only have a Will, you are said to have died “testate”. Your Will will need to be Probated.