How Do I Avoid Probate?

There are three ways to avoid probate:

  • Not owning anything on the date of your death – if you have no assets, your estate will have no assets to probate,
  • Only owning assets in a non-probate designation (see the next FAQ below), or
  • Utilizing trust-based planning to remove assets from your estate.

Author Bio

Paul Yokabitus

Paul Yokabitus is the CEO and Managing Partner of Cary Estate Planning, a Cary, NC, estate planning law firm. With years of experience in estate and elder law, he has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid planning, estate administration, and other cases.

Paul received his Juris Doctor from the Campbell University School of Law and is a North Carolina Bar Association member. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named among the “Best Attorney in Cary” in 2016 and 2017 by Cary News and Rising Star in 2020-2023 by Super Lawyers.

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