What does the word probate mean?

Usage examples for probate

  1. Thus the estates of gentlemen who happened to incur Mr. Allison's disapproval were usually left in excellent condition and gave little trouble to the probate courts. – The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier by Edgar Beecher Bronson
  2. My dear Meeson, if you came to me as a friend I should be happy to give you any legal information in my power, and I flatter myself that I know something of matters connected with probate. – Mr. Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard
  3. Real estate in another State can be affected by probate proceedings only if they take place there, by its authority. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD