In the context of Probate, "distribution" refers to the process of giving the Assets of a deceased person's Estate to rightful Beneficiaries.

During the distribution phase of probate, the person managing the process, known as the Executor or Administrator, is responsible for gathering all assets, paying off all Debts, and then "distributing" any remaining assets to designated Heirs and Surviving Family.

These designated beneficiaries will have been outlined in the deceased's Last Will and Testament, or if there is was will written at the time of their death, identified by state law, known as the Laws of Intestacy.

During probate, the distribution process typically involves several steps:

Inventory: The executor compiles a comprehensive inventory of all the assets and property owned by the deceased person. This can include real estate, bank accounts, investments, personal belongings, and more.

Debt Settlement: Before distribution, the executor settles any outstanding debts, taxes, and expenses owed by the estate. This might involve selling assets to cover these costs.

Asset Liquidation: In some cases, assets might need to be sold to generate funds to pay back the deceased's debt or to achieve an equitable distribution among beneficiaries.

Distribution Plan: The executor follows the instructions laid out in the will or follows the laws of intestacy to determine how the remaining assets will be distributed among Next of Kin, or other beneficiaries, or legal heirs.

Documenting Transactions: The distribution process involves legal documentation to account for the transfer of assets from the estate to beneficiaries. This documentation is important for record-keeping and legal purposes.

Transfers and Title Changes: The executor ensures that property Titles, bank accounts, investments, and other assets are properly transferred to the rightful recipients.

Reporting to the Court: In some jurisdictions, the executor might need to provide an accounting of the distribution to Probate Court to prove that the assets were distributed correctly.

The distribution process can vary depending on the complexity of an estate, the existence of a valid will, and the applicable laws in the jurisdiction.

It's crucial for an executor or administrator to follow the legal requirements and the wishes of the deceased person to ensure a smooth and fair distribution of assets.

It helps to consult with an Estate Attorney or Probate Attorney when Administering an Estate and managing probate.