Pros and Cons of Avoiding Probate

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What is Probate?

"Probate" is the judicial process that oversees the distribution of your estate after your death.  This includes paying off your debts and distributing your remaining assets. 

How Can I Avoid Probate?

There are many ways to deal with distributing your assets that do not have to go through the probate process. These include:

What are Some Advantages of Avoiding Probate?

Are There Disadvantages to Avoiding Probate?

Although avoiding the probate process may be attractive to some people, there are several disadvantages that should be considered:

Do I Need A Lawyer?

With any estate planning matter, it is recommended that you consult an attorney. An attorney can help familiarize you with your options, and advise you of the best possible estate plan for you. Estate planning can be very complicated, and it is best to consult an attorney now, to minimize problems for your loved ones after your death. 

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Last Modified: 08-12-2013 04:15 PM PDT

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