Does a Will Avoid Going to Probate Court?
One question we receive often is: Do wills avoid Probate?
The short answer is no - most of the time they do not. Drafting a will does not avoid having the people you leave behind go to court.
If you have a will, it does help you to dictate who gets what after you pass away. If you don't have a will, the court has to look at the law of the state that you're in to determine who gets your property.
The only way you can avoid going to court is through different Estate Planning tools, such as trusts. Trusts are a very popular way to avoid having the people you leave behind go through a lengthy court process and more potential heartache.