Upon death, the will of the deceased is probated. This is the legal process which establishes the genuineness of the will. It is done by the surrogate in the county where the testator or testatrix resides at the time of death.  My goal is to assist the family and friends of the deceased in making this as smooth of a process as possible.  Dealing with the death of a loved one is traumatic enough.  Additionally, any estate and inheritance tax filings as well as a final income tax return need to be considered.