After a loved one passes, it is often necessary to probate their estate. Probate is the process where the deceased outstanding debts are paid and their remaining assets (i.e. their personal and real property) are distributed to their heirs. In most situations, the statutory probate court or county court-at-law in the county where the deceased lived monitors the probate. The amount of court supervision depends on a number of factors including, the size of the estate, whether a spouse survives the deceased, and whether the deceased had a well-drafted will.