Of all the topics I cover at this blog, probate seems to involve the most legalese. It's an ongoing challenge to translate legal jargon into examples and tips that make sense to non-lawyers. So I am glad to see that a new TV show called "Trial & Heirs", is in the works. PBS will stream an episode in August, and it starts airing nationally in December. While I don't litigate, I hope the shows highlights how wills, trusts, and other elements of estate planning affect real people... and prompt more families to do sound planning.
Avoiding probate is important because probate adds stress, costs (including court filing fees), and other pressures on loved ones during a period that is already painful. In brief, get a comprehensive will and living trust in place and review them about every three years with an eye to whether your situation (or the tax law) has changed.
If you must deal with probate - an example
Suppose your relative, Roger, passes on at his home in Redwood City, and you learn that you are named in his will. Because he did not have a living trust, you will probably be involved in the probate of Roger's estate.
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