Probate ties up assets for months, even years. 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. Finally, if you prefer to keep the details of your estate plan private, avoiding probate is an important goal because once your Will is admitted to probate it becomes public record. For these reasons, people often choose to include probate avoidance tools and strategies in their estate plan.