Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a very traumatic and exhausting time.  It can be even more overwhelming if the deceased person didn’t have a plan in place to dispose of personal property and assets after death.  In some instances, a probate may be necessary.  Probate is the legal process of settling a deceased person’s affairs after death, often necessitating court involvement.   There are many factors that determine whether there will be court involvement, some of which include whether the deceased person died with or without a will, how assets were titled and the amount of assets and other personal property.