Probate sounds like an arduous process, doesn't it? Even without the context of estate planning, the word "probate" doesn't exactly sounds fun or promising. With the context of estate planning, it is made even clearer that probate is not fun or promising. Probate is the process of transferring your assets and property to other parties -- but it is done under the supervision of a court.
Usually this happens when the individual doesn't plan his or her estate in an optimal way. Maybe they didn't utilize trusts or organize their will in a way that could avoid the probate process. So how do you avoid probate?