Avoiding Probate

Most people have probably heard that it's best to avoid probate. However, they might not be sure what probate is and why you should avoid it. Probate is the court-supervised process of sorting and administering a person's will. If there isn't a will, the deceased person's property still goes through the probate process, and is distributed according to the laws of each state. While this process sounds harmless and easy, the probate process usually takes a lot of time and money. There are various costs and fees associated with the probate process, and can tie up property for months. FindLaw's section on Avoiding Probate offers helpful information and advice on how to avoid the probate process. In this section you can find general advice on how to avoid probate as well as some frequently asked questions regarding how to avoid probate.

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