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May 02, 2008
Probate court refers to a specialty court which primarily tends to matters regarding the estate of a deceased person. Depending on the state and jurisdiction of this type of court, it may also be referred to as Orphans Court, Court of Ordinary, Court of Equity or Surrogate Court.
The main function of Probate court is to ensure assets of a deceased individual are properly disbursed. A probate judge oversees the decedent's estate to enforce provisions of the Last Will and Testament. If an individual dies without leaving a Will, (referred to as Intestate) the probate judge will assign an Executor to administer the estate.