When you use a Will to pass your property, the probate system takes control over all of your assets. This means that the court system, not your family or heirs, is in charge of your assets until they are distributed (an average of 12 months). That translates basically into a year of lawyers, bureaucratic paper shuffling, court procedures, court permissions and approvals, etc.– all before the estate is distributed and your assets get to whom you intended. Listing all the requirements, processes, duties, and filings would be overwhelming. Such a complicated process, of course, generally requires an attorney.
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