Does having a Will avoid the probate process?

No. Wills must be filed with the court and admitted to probate, but having a Will streamlines the administration of your estate and reduces costs significantly. A Will drafted by a competent attorney can help you avoid certain costs, such as the cost of a surety bond which normally must be purchased by law. A Will also enables your loved ones to avoid unnecessary delays and carry out the terms of your Will in an efficient manner with little supervision by the court.