There are technical, legal and practical answers to this question. Learn if an estate needs to be probated. Save money! Avoid Liability! This short wills and estates video on probating estates in Alberta give insight into situations where you absolutely must probate an estate. It will also let you know situations where it is a good idea to probate the estate if you are executor. Lastly, it covers the personal risks to you, as executor, of not probating an estate under Alberta estate law.