The granting of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under a will. A probate court decides the legal validity of a testator's (person's) will and grants its approval, also known as granting probate, to the executor. The probated will then becomes a legal instrument that may be enforced by the executor in the law courts if necessary.
The legal process whereby a will is "proved" in a court and accepted as a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased. Probate also officially appoints the executor (or personal representative), generally named in the will, as having the legal power to dispose of the testator's assets in the manner specified in the testator's will. However, through the probate process, a will may be contested.