If the A person who has passed away. did not leave any assets in their own name, then The legal proceeding by which a decedent’s testamentary document, such as a will, is proven to be valid, and the subsequent procedure of administering the decedent’s estate. is often unnecessary. Probate might be opened in these situations if the decedent owed significant A specific amount of money that a person must pay to another person and which that other person has the legal right to collect. to set a deadline for creditors to file a claim.