Privacy, please! — Keep family matters out of the public eye by avoiding probate
Abstract: Although probate can be time consuming and expensive, perhaps its biggest downside is that it’s public — anyone who’s interested can find out the details of an estate and its distribution. It can also draw unwanted attention from disgruntled family members who may challenge the disposition of assets, as well as from other unscrupulous parties. The good news is that, by implementing the right estate planning strategies, it’s possible to keep much or even all of an estate out of probate. This article shows how, while a sidebar notes that a living trust can be an effective tool for larger estates to avoid probate.