Probate is a court-controlled distribution of your assets. It is normally lengthy, complicated and worst of all it will cost your beneficiaries an unnecessary expense, sometimes more than tens of thousands of dollars. The probate process takes the inheritance you intended for your heirs and automatically gives a percentage to the courts.
Additionally, the state and IRS rarely have the best interest of your heirs in mind. Nor will they prioritize the lasting legacy that you hope for.
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Most people have a written will and think that their estate is safe. However, even families with written wills will still have to go through the probate process.
The legal requirement for a court initiated probate is, if the deceased individual has individual assets in their name alone exceeding $100,000, the family will have to go through a formal probate process in order to access those assets.