What is meant by "probating a will"?

"Probating a will" means taking the legal steps necessary to assure a will is valid and to admit the will to probate.

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1. What is meant by "probating a will"?
2. Is there a fee for depositing a will? What does that mean?
3. May a will be deposited with the Court for safekeeping if the testator (will maker) is still alive?
4. Why must the Clerk keep the original? What if I need the original?
5. What is meant by "estate"?
6. What is meant by "probating an estate"?
7. Where do probate proceedings take place?
8. Why is probate necessary?
9. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?