Probate is the process by which a will is adminstered after a loved one dies. If there is no will, probate is necessary to transfer assets to legal heirs. Probate is intended to help you transfer, in an orderly manner, the property of a deceased loved one or relative to those persons entitled to inherit. In most cases probate is uncontested. But, an attorney is important it to help you navigate the legal system and avoid problems. At the most basic levels, the probate process involves two steps including paying debts owed and transferring assets to beneficiaries and/or heirs.