In addition to potentially high probate fees already discussed (see question 4), if you own property in more than one state (e.g. a vacation home in North Carolina, investment rental property in Pennsylvania, inherited property in New Jersey or a time share in Florida) then your estate must go through probate in each of those states. This only serves to guarantee extra time and expense involved in a multi-state probate. Again, all this is avoidable with proper estate planning. You can have your estate avoid probate no matter how many states where you own property.
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