Historically, probate meant the the official proving of a will. It is now most often used to cover all aspects of estate administration. In its broadest sense, it also includes similar matters like trust litigation and administration, and guardianships for incapacitated or incompetent persons.
All of these types of proceedings are connected by the fact that they involve court supervision of the affairs of a person who cannot act for themselves, whether because they are dead (as with wills or most trusts), because they are mentally or physically handicapped (in guardianships), or because they don’t have legal control over some of their property (certain other types of trusts).
Normally, when we talk about probate, we mean the administration of the affairs of a deceased person, whether under a will or the laws of intestacy. See What is Probate? for more explanation of this kind of probate.
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