"Probate" is the court proceeding through which a Last Will and Testament (if any) is proved to be valid and the last wishes of the decedent are followed. It is important to remember, for those persons who die without a valid Will, the State of Florida itself has enacted laws that govern how and to whom your assets will be distributed. The attorney works closely with the court appointed Personal Representative (Executor) in collecting and marshaling the assets of the decedent, ascertaining and liquidating decedent's liabilities, paying necessary State and Federal taxes, if any, and distribution of the remaining assets subject to this administration to the persons and/or entities so entitled.