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Probate Court is not a fun place. It is costly and very time consuming. It also places a tremendous burden on loved ones who are already grieving from their loss. The good news is that probate can be avoided. You can prevent your family from going to probate court by having an estate plan. A properly drafted estate plan has many benefits, including avoiding probate and mitigating estate taxes. It also ensures your life’s savings and assets are safe from your heirs’ creditors or unsavory family members. Lastly, it allows you to arrange for someone to take care of your medical and financial affairs in the event you should ever become incapacitated.