Avoiding probate has become quite the buzzword when it comes to estate planning. There is no doubt about it, probate should be avoided. Probate takes the property of the deceased and sends it through a legal journey that can take months to be complete. It makes the personal affairs of the deceased public, and it keeps beneficiaries from taking ownership of their property for an extended period of time. While there is much you can do to keep a great deal of your property out of probate's grasp, probate is not going anywhere anytime soon.