How can I minimize the time my estate spends in probate?
www.aaronmillerlaw.com The amount of time that your estate spends in probate really is a function of how much assets you have, what type of assets you have and how much debt you have. For example, a person that has an insurance policy that has a beneficiary, that asset is not going to go through probate because it's going to go to whoever is listed as the beneficiary. It really doesn’t matter what your will says it matters what's on that beneficiary. IRA's are another example, it might go to your spouse or to your kids, whoever you have listed as the beneficiary and that's not going to go through probate. If you have a lot of debt that we need to take care of, that will make the probate process take longer. If you have a lot of just different assets maybe in another state, that will also make the probate process take longer. Usually you're looking at a process at minimum of three months, maybe a year and a half it just really depends on what all you have.