Whether there is a will or not, if a decedent has assets in their name at time of death there MAY be a need to file a petition with the probate court.  This may even be true if they have a trust as many people forget to fund their trust and die with many assets still in their name. There are steps you can and should take to avoid probate if at all possible. But if the adminstration or probate of an estate is necessary - we have seasoned professionals ready, willing and able to lend you a hand in navigating your way through the probate court system.