Probate is the court order that is issued allowing your executor to execute the provisions of your will. Probate is the legal sanction to your executor to carry out the terms of your will and distribute your estate in the manner described in your will. Your executor requires a grant of probate before he or she can obtain control of a number of the assets in your estate including investments held in financial institutions, real estate and the like. Once the grant of probate is obtained, an executor can then proceed to liquidate the estate in preparation of distributing it as set forth by your will. If there are persons that are entitled to make a court application to vary your will, the executor must wait to distribute your estate, or obtain the consent of all those persons who are entitled to apply or named in the will to an earlier distribution. An executor must also obtain a clearance certificate from the Canada Revenue Agency before wholly distributing your estate.