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All of the assets that are in the name of the deceased at the time of their death would be considered their probate estate. Probate is used as the state's official way to change title. This would include cars, real estate, personal property and cash assets.
Probate would allow the estate to transfer the title out of the deceased person's name into the name of their beneficiary.
Yes, a car owned by a decedent would be considered part of the decedent's estate.
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