A legal document ordered by a 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. court which recognizes a person as the A person appointed by the probate court to manage the assets and liabilities of an intestate decedent. of a decedent’s The assets and liabilities left behind by a decedent. and which grants that person the authority to administer the estate. Many entities, such as banks, A legal document which expresses a person’s final wishes about what happens to their property after they pass away, often specifically identifying intended beneficiaries for specific items of property. require an administrator to present them with letters of administration before disclosing any information about a decedent’s assets.