Probate is a process in which the court determines who is to receive
assets that were once owned by a person who has died. Assets are
considered to be anything of value owned by an individual and can
include property, cash, stocks, bonds, jewelry, art, cars, or any
other material item. Probate court records contain extensive lists of
all of the assets listed in a person's will as well as those things
that were not listed in a will, but distributed by the court.
Probate court records contain much more than just a list of assets.
Probate court records can also show collection debts that were owed
to the person that died, or money that the deceased person owed to
debtors. Probate court records can show that titles on the land the
deceased person owned have been cleared and which banks or loan
companies held the titles or processed the loans on properties owned
by the person that died.
Probate court records contain all of the information about any
disputes arose over the will left by the deceased person. A search
through probate court records will show you if the will was contested
and what parties it was contested by. Probate court records also show
you who the court favored when it came to settling the claims and
disputes that were raised....