There are numerous reasons why people choose to avoid probate when they are preparing their estate plan. The one that is most commonly cited would be the fact that probate is time-consuming, taking up to a year in simple cases and several ears in more complicated situations.
Probate also comes with some significant expenses including probate proceedings in each states where property of the estate is located. This would be another motivation that would compel many individuals to look for ways to transfer assets to their loved ones outside of probate.
There is however a third very good reason to consider the implementation of probate avoidance strategies. The process of probate is an open proceeding that takes place under the supervision of the probate court. Court records are accessible to the general public. As a result, all the details of the administration of your estate would be available to anyone who wanted to take the time to do the research.
Probate and all of the various pitfalls that go along with it will not be a factor if you arrange for the transfer of your assets througha revocable living trust rather than a last will. This is a very popular otion today even for those who would not consider themselves wealthy. If you are interested in creating a revocable living trust the first step is to discuss your options with a licensed and experienced Reno estate planning attorney.