Joseph was on his way home from his father’s funeral. Inheritance was certainly not his chief concern as he drove home, parked, and unlocked his front door. In the following days and weeks, even as he mourned, he knew that the estate of his father would have to be attended to, if only to honor the final wishes of his father. Most of Joseph’s father’s estate was divided easily as per the terms of his Living Trust, which allowed his family to receive what they had been left without a time-consuming court procedure. The Living Trust is in essence, the easiest and most efficient means of passing down possessions.
I never like to see victims of the probate process. Joseph’s situation, unfortunately, is faced by so many people every day, and the worst part is: It is 100% avoidable.
If I were Joseph, I would have preferred than any inheritance processes be completed as soon as possible, if only so that I would not have to dwell on the fact that my father had just died, and his estate could not be set in order. There is a reason that I practice law in the way that I do. I help people to establish the Living Trusts they need in order to save their family from all the hassle that Joseph had to face. That is, to be involved with the costly probate process.
Avoid probation and protect your family.