Probate: Truths vs. Myths

Truths About Probate: 

  • Probate is required even with a will;
  • The public can see my probate documents (including inventory lists with values);
  • I can use a revocable trust to avoid probate;
  • My personal representative may need to appear in court;
  • It may take weeks to get the personal representative appointed;
  • A probate may cost $3,000 – $5,000

Myths About Probate: 

  • The court gets a percentage of my assets;
  • There will be a formal reading of the will;
  • If you die without a will, the state gets everything;
  • A Trust is the only way to avoid probate;
  • A probate usually takes years;
  • The probate will control ALL of my assets.

Our experienced attorneys are here to answer your questions and help guide you through the process of probate.


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