DEAR JEFF: I had a relative who died a few months ago, and we’re trying to sell his house now. The title company is saying the will needs to “be probated.”

What does this mean, and why is it necessary? Why can’t the property just be divided up like the will says and the relatives sign the deed to sell the property? Thanks, “Just Want It Done”

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