Why avoid probate? If probate isn't expensive and does everything legally necessary to wrap up estate, why avoid it? There are some short-cut procedures, but if you can probate the will you should.
Once probated, the executor can do everything to wrap up the estate -- no limits! No "short-cut" procedure can do that.
Can I do it
myself? If it is so simple, why
hire an attorney? For
two reasons: First, it is
relatively simple if you have done it
hundred of times like our office.
Second, often courts will not allow someone
to proceed without an attorney to open
an estate administration.