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If you don’t own anything or if everything you own is jointly held by you and your spouse (i.e. a shared bank account and family home), then odds are your estate won’t need to go through the probate process because everything will transfer to your spouse automatically. However, this is relatively rare, and you’ll probably want a little more flexibility with your final wishes. Also, a will allows you to choose who you'd like your executor to be, which is the person in charge of the probate process after you pass.
It's important to have an estate plan even as a relatively young person. And as your wishes change over time, you'll need to change your estate plan along with them. Minor changes can be accomplished with a document known as a “codicil,” but it's often easier to start with a clean slate, revoking your old estate planning documents and drafting new ones.
It’s not uncommon for an estate to be open for a year or more, but an executor who has proper counsel and guidance in their duty can often complete their job in less time. Pennsylvania’s probate process is fairly efficient, but simply fulfilling all required duties and filing the mandatory paperwork can take some time, which means distributing the assets to heirs can take months. As a good rule of thumb: the more complex an estate is, the longer it will take to administer.
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