Probate is a factor when you are leaving behind final instructions in a last will. If you maintain direct personal possession of your property through to the time of your death, it will become probate property at first. It will not be distributed to the heirs that you name in the will until after the full probate process has run its course. There is a caveat to the above statement. There is a simplified probate process in the state of Connecticut. If the estate in question is valued at $40,000 … [Read more...] about Is Probate Always Required?