Filing a petition
The first step in the probate process is to file a petition with the court in the county where the deceased person lived. This petition requests that the court open probate proceedings and appoint an executor or administrator.
Notice to heirs and creditors
Inventory and appraisal of assets
The executor or administrator must identify and inventory all of the deceased person’s assets, including real estate, bank accounts, investments, personal property, and other assets. The assets must be appraised to determine their value as of the date of death.