Probate does not have to be formal such as ending up in court. Often the distribution of someone's assets at death can occur through a less formal avenue.
It is not true that probate is always expensive. There are many factors into determinig the cost of probate, whether formal or informal.
Will or no Will? Assets? Debts? Litigation? Real Property?
Non-Probate Assets? Children? Trusts?
During our probate consultation, I will provide you with sound legal advice (and sometimes family members come too) on the most efficent and economic (financial and emotional) manner to distribute your loved one's assets.