According to Black’s Law Dictionary, probate is a court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid.  That sounds simple enough, however, a probate in Wisconsin is required if a person dies with more than $50,000.00 of assets solely in his or her name, without beneficiary designations. The average probate lasts between 9 -13 months and some are well over two years with a cost in the thousands. Consequently, avoiding probate is the way to go. Wisconsin statutes dictate what must be done in probate cases. A Notice to Creditors is filed to allow claims to be filed against the estate, an Inventory of the assets and the Final Account is also needed. Estate tax returns may need to be filed in many probates and finally the distributions can take place. To discover ways to avoid probate, contact the Pruitt Law Offices, S.C., or if you are in need of a probate attorney to guide you through the process, we can set a free consultation for you. Call us at 262-633-8301, contact us through our website at pruittlawoffices.com, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.