Will You Need to Probate the Estate?

If you can keep the estate out of probate, you can save a lot of time and money.

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Not every estate needs to go through probate--which is good news for executors and family members alike. Probate can be a lengthy and expensive process, so finding ways around it is worth your time. Whether or not a probate court proceeding will be necessary will depend on several factors, including:

  • your state's law
  • the size of the estate
  • the kinds of assets in the estate, and
  • how well inheritors get along.
Serving as Executor? Nolo Can Help.

Find a local lawyer for advice or handle the estate yourself with nolo's award winning do-it-yourself legal books.

The Executor's Guide

The Executor's Guide

Settle an estate or trust with this all-in-one guide for executors. The Executor's Guide will help you make progress one step at a time through the unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology.


The Trustee's Legal Companion

The Trustee's Legal Companion

Learn the ins and outs of being a trustee with this guide for every trust administrator. The Trustee’s Legal Companion shows you exactly how to proceed within the terms of the trust and your state's law.


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