How do informal probate procedures differ in testate versus intestate cases?
1 Answer from Attorneys
What do you mean by "informal" probate procedures? Testate means there's a will. The will usually gives certain powers to the executor so the he/she doesn't have to go to probate court for permission to do everything. Intestate cases (where there is no will) usually require the administrator (that's what he/she is called when there is no will) to get a surety bond and to get court permission to do things.