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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Probate Process (ELD-302)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December, 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: identify documents needed after death to commence a probate proceeding; explain the process of preparing and filing a probate petition; analyze when probate is necessary, and what types of assets do not require probate; discuss the various types of administration proceedings that are necessary, depending on the nature of the estate; identify matters of dispute that an executor may be responsible to resolve; and establish steps necessary to close an estate.


This course focuses on the steps necessary to administer the estate of a deceased person. The course details the process from the initial steps to be taken immediately after death through the closing of the estate. The course identifies the documents needed to file a probate petition, discusses the probate and administration process, and covers resolving disputes and successfully completing the estate administration process.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Estate Planning, Financial Management, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, or as an elective in Business (6/21).