Most people fear the probate process and wish to avoid it at all costs. True, the probate process can lengthen the grieving process for the death of a loved one and prolong the settling of the estate, but for the most part it is a necessary process after a loved one has passed on. While it is necessary, you can avoid certain headaches and worries in the probate process by knowing a few simple facts.
“Does all my property have to be claimed in probate court and go through the process of probate after I pass on?” I've been asked this question many times, and thankfully there is a welcomed answer for those asking it.
In many states, a set amount of property value does not have to face probate. For example, in the state of California, up to $100,000 in properties can be passed to other family members or beneficiaries without enduring the full blown probate process. If the property is left to a surviving spouse, there is also a simpler transfer process that the state of California allows.
Also, any properties passed outside of a will through joint custody or a living trust does not have to be claimed in probate court and can be settled outside of probate.
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