Becky Cholewka: We get a lot of myths around here. One of the myths we like to debunk is, I hear people tell me all the time, “I want to make sure I have a will because I want to avoid the probate process when I die.”
Guess what? A will merely is instructions to the court that tells the judge in a probate process what you want to have happen. Just the fact of having a will doesn’t mean your family is going to avoid the probate process when you die.
If all you do is actually create your will, and you do no other type of planning, it usually means your family ends up in the probate process. If your goal is to avoid probate, the best course of action is to speak to an experienced estate planning attorney who can assess your goals and assets to determine the best course of action for your estate plan. Call 480-497-3770 to schedule your consultation.