The probate of even a relatively simple estate will typically take months, sometimes years, to complete because probate cannot be wrapped up until the statutory time frame within which creditors may files claims has passed. Many estates take considerably longer to probate, particularly if a Will contest is filed. Beneficiaries and heirs must wait until the end of the probate process to receive their intended assets, making the length of the probate process a common reason to avoid the process when possible. In addition, probate can be costly. Everyone involved may be entitled to a fee, including the Executor, attorney, appraisers and accountant. For these reasons, people often choose to include probate avoidance tools and strategies in their estate plan.