An Administrative Proceeding is the process by which an estate is distributed in accordance to intestacy laws of a given state while being supervised in court. When a person passes, if he/she has never gotten around to any form of estate planning and therefore passes away without having a Will or Trust the estate is subject to an administrative proceeding. Now while being similar in nature to Probate and often confused with Probate the administrative proceeding is not the same. Probate is when someone passes away with a Will which outlines exactly who gets what and how to divide the estate. When a person passes without a Will or Trust intestacy laws come into play. This typically means that the closest living relative/relatives would inherit your estate.