In the event a Last Will and Testament was executed, there is often a need to open or probate an estate. This is a petition process through the court where the will is given validation and legal effect. The provisions of the will are carried out in accordance with the law. If someone should die without having made a will, a different petition process called an administration would be filed in probate court. This requires legal assistance and experience meant to distribute property and assets to the decedent’s next of kin.