For many people, probate is something to be avoided at all costs, but the fact of the matter is that you can't always avoid probate court. While smart and organized estate planning can help reduce the time your heirs spend on probate matters, some estate issues have to go through the legal process. Spending too much time and money trying to avoid probate can also defeat the purpose of getting as many assets as possible to your heirs.
When someone you love passes away, there are often many details to attend to. You might be involved in planning a service or cleaning out a home, or you might simply be struggling to understand your loss or explain death to your children. You might not have the emotional bandwidth or time to face a drawn-out probate matter on your own, which can make it tempting to just give in to whatever the other parties want.