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Avoiding Probate

You should hire the services of an experienced estate planning attorney to avoid probate. Probate can be time consuming and costly. Estate planning attorney can help you draft a valid will and avoid probate. This can prove to be a big benefit for your heirs after your death. In the absence of a valid will, the state law will determine the share of each heir.

The legal title of your estate will pass to your beneficiaries only after it has been through probate. If you die leaving behind a will, the probate court must determine if your will is valid.  If you die intestate, i.e. without a will, then the probate court will determine the distribution of your estate according to the intestate laws of your state. The cost of probate is determined by state law. If your estate has to go through probate, then your family members will have to pay probate fees. However it is possible to legally minimize or avoid the cost of probate. Probate can be time consuming.

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