Testate means the person died with a valid will

This term refers to a probate when a person has died and left a valid Last Will and Testament specifying their wishes pertaining to the distribution of their assets. In this case, the estate will be distributed according to the provisions of the Will.  A Will designates someone to serve as “Personal Representative” of the Estate and the probate court must officially appoint this person to serve in this capacity.  The probate court will typically grant this person what are called “Letters Testamentary.” This document receives the court’s seal and conveys the official power bestowed on this person to act on behalf of the Estate.

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