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The Case for Abolishing Probate

The Case for Abolishing Probate

Probate, the court supervised process to distribute assets after a person’s death, is a legal relic — a holdover that traces its roots to feudal law. No other country still has an expensive, time-consuming probate system like ours. Even England, the source of our probate law, eliminated its probate court system in the 1920’s. But in this country, unless you make arrangements during your life to transfer your property by means other than a will, or have a very small…

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