Why is probate necessary?

Probate provides a method of converting assets to cash to be distributed to beneficiaries, or to pay creditors/taxes. Also, probate legally transfers ownership of real property. Probate determines who is entitled to share in the estate and to distribute the property to the proper parties.

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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?