Probate is the formal legal process that gives recognition to a will and appoints the executor or personal representative who will administer the estate and distribute assets to the intended beneficiaries.

The basic job of administration and accounting for assets must be done whether the estate is handled by an executor in probate or whether probate is avoided because all assets were transferred to a living trust during lifetime or jointly owned.  Many states have simplified or streamlined their probate processes over the years.  In such states, there is now less reason to use probate avoidance techniques unless there are other valid reasons to continue to minimize probate.

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