The probate process can be avoided with careful estate planning. It is important to make plans to avoid probate before you pass away if you do not want heirs or beneficiaries to be forced to go through the probate process. By transferring assets in other ways, such as transferring assets via trust administration or transferring assets through joint ownership or pay-on-death accounts, it is possible to ensure that there are few or no assets that transfer through probate.
If you make an estate plan to avoid the probate process, you can spare your family the expense associated with the probate process and you can allow heirs or beneficiaries to inherit in a much more timely manner. If you have loved ones who are dependent upon you to provide them with income and who you wish to provide for after you are gone by leaving an inheritance, you may wish to avoid the probate process so the people who are counting on you are not left waiting for months to inherit.