Probate Law: Should You Avoid Probate?
While probate is followed for many situations, it is not required for all wills. Many types of assets routinely pass outside of the probate process. These include life insurance or retirement plan proceeds that pass to a named beneficiary rather than your estate and real estate or bank or brokerage accounts held in joint names with right of survivorship. Our probate lawyer is happy to walk you through the process for each of these situations.
As for assets that are titled in the decedent's name alone, however, these assets will have to be probated. If probate can be avoided, it will avoid many of the costs associated with probate law, and almost always allows the estate to be administered in a much shorter amount of time. The courthouse is a great place to resolve disputes but if there are no disputes, because you have planned appropriately, then staying out of court will be beneficial to your heirs.
Contact us to work with our probate lawyer to set your estate in order. Our probate attorney is happy to meet with clients throughout Clovis, Madera, Sanger, Reedley, and Fresno, California.