In California, if you own over $50,000 in real estate or $150,000 in total assets, your estate is subject to probate, even if you have a will. Probate is the court-supervised process for transferring a deceased persons assets to the beneficiaries listed in his or her will. There are several disadvantages to probate:

Note: There are some limited circumstances in which probate is advisable over a probate-avoiding estate plan. The key for most people, however, is to avoid probate.

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For more information on estate planning and the probate process, see the State Bar of California website. Click Here