3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

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The bad news: probated estates are subject to a variety of costs from attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, courts, and state law. Depending on the probate’s complexity, fees can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

The good news: probate costs can be reduced by avoiding probate. It’s really that simple.

Here are three simple ways to avoid probate costs by avoiding probate:

Name a Beneficiary

The probate process determines who gets what when there is no beneficiary designation. So, naming a beneficiary is the easiest way to avoid probate. Common beneficiary designation assets include

Life insurance
Annuities
Retirement Plans

Create and Fund a Revocable Living Trust

A revocable living trust owns your property, yet you remain in charge of all legal decisions until your death. After your death, your named trustee manages your assets – according to your A trust works well if properly created and funded by an experienced estate planning attorney.

Own Property Jointly

Probate can be avoided if the property you own is held jointly with a right of survivorship. There are several ways that you can establish joint ownership of property such as:

Joint tenancy with right of survivorship – ownership simply transfers to other tenants upon your death;
Tenancy by its entirety – is a form of joint tenancy with right of survivorship, but only for married couples in some states;
Community property – property obtained during a marriage in some states;

State laws play an important role here.

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