Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone passes away. It involves verifying the deceased person’s will, identifying their assets, paying their debts and taxes, and distributing their assets to their beneficiaries.
While probate can be an important step in the estate planning process, it can also be problematic. Here are some of the dangers of probate:
Probate can be expensive, as there are court fees and legal fees associated with the process. In addition, probate can take a long time, which means legal fees can add up over time. The cost of probate can reduce the number of assets that beneficiaries receive and can be a burden on the estate.
Loss of privacy
Probate is a public process, which means that court records related to the process are available to the public. This can include details about the deceased person’s assets, debts and beneficiaries. This loss of privacy can be a concern for many people who want to keep their financial affairs private, especially if they are a beneficiary of a large estate.
Family conflict is an often overlooked side effect of the probate process. The process can be emotional, as family members may disagree about how assets should be distributed. The process can also be lengthy, which can lead to tension and disagreements among family members. In some cases, family members may even contest the will, which can lead to costly legal battles.
While probate is an important step in the estate planning process, it is not without its issues. By working with an estate planning professional, you can take steps to avoid probate or to make the probate process as smooth as possible.