Do I need an attorney to probate a will?

For formal probate or appointment, an attorney is recommended. This requires the filing of a Summons/Petition/filing fee and then service of the pleadings on the interested parties. A hearing will then be set for the presentation of testimony. Since a hearing is not required for informal probate and/or informal appointment, an attorney is not necessary in this case.

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1. What does it mean to "probate" a will?
2. How do I know if I need to go through the Orangeburg County Probate Court?
3. What if the deceased did not have a will?
4. Do I need an attorney to probate a will?
5. What is an Executor?
6. How does a Personal Representative get appointed?
7. What are the duties of the Personal Representative?
8. Where do I start and how much does all of this cost?