You can choose whether or not your assets will be subject to the probate process.To do so you need to understand the advantages and disadvantages and how they might apply to you.
Since the court is not involved, your trust settlement does not become part of the Public Record, so others will not see the terms of the trust.
Your wishes cannot be contested if there is no will or probate court to oversee the distribution of your estate.
Although it can be expensive and take a large amount of time and effort to set up and maintain a trust, there are many reasons you would consider doing this — especially if you have a large and/or complicated estate.
Even if your estate is under a certain dollar threshold, avoiding the probate process may still have financial benefits.
When the probate process is short and simple as with most small estates in most states, probate proceedings may have some benefit.