What is meant by "probating an estate"?

"Probating an estate" is a legal process which determines the value of a deceased person's property and its distribution to heirs pursuant to Florida law.

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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?