Typical Misconceptions about Probate

The number one misconception individuals have about probate is that having a will means no probate; all wills go to probate, whether it was a handwritten or typed, mainly since just the judge can transfer the properties to the recipients.

1. If I die without a will, my property goes to the government
State intestacy laws provide designated recipients and the court will designate an administrator to manage the payments of your debts and make sure the property circulations. The administrator is generally somebody who the bulk of your successors nominates and the court accepts. State intestacy laws normally leave your property to your surviving partner, and in the event there is no enduring partner, to your kids (issue), per stirpes (proportionally). In the event there is no concern, state laws offer that property will pass to other family members. Intestacy laws are rather broad, and only in the occasion there is no household whatsoever at the time of your death will your property go the state government.

2. Probate is expensive and my estate will pay huge taxes
Generally, probate is not very expensive. In big complicated estates or if there is litigation over your estate, such as recipients questioning the will, executor, or property distributions, then probate could be a pricey procedure. Additionally, there is an exemption from the estate tax “death tax” where your estate will have to consist of countless dollars in assets before the estate tax applies. In some states, lawyers are allowed to charge a percentage of the gross properties as charges, but this varies state by state and your engagement letter with the attorney.

The administrator will pay the lawyer’s costs, start the probate procedure, supply proper notice so that lenders may file claims, and after that payment of those claims from the estate properties. Afterwards, the administrator will distribute the property to your recipients in accordance with the regards to your will.
3. A trust is a simpler, and cheaper, mechanism than a will and probate

There are benefits to utilizing a living trust and preventing probate. A living trust allows you to move all (or some) of your possessions to a trust throughout your lifetime and use the income created for your advantage and enjoyment. Upon your death, the terms of the trust will dictate property uses and using properties for different named recipients. While this process prevents probate since there is no will, a living trust can be expensive and a complex arrangement. There are particular instances where a living trust might be preferable to a will and vice-versa. However, these will be individual realities and situations, and you should talk to a qualified lawyer for guidance on which would be the proper solution for your affairs.