What is Probate in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, when a person dies, his Last Will & Testament goes through the probate process. Probate is simply the process by which a Last Willl & Testament is determined to be the person's final dispositive statement and confirms the appointment of the individual or institution that has been named to administer the estate.

The term probate is also used in the larger sense of probating an estate. Under this scenario, probate is the process in which assets are gathered, debts (including taxes and administrative expenses) are paid, and the remaining assets are distributed to the Will's designated beneficiaries.