All property does not have to go through probate when a person dies. You can establish a trust to avoid probate. You can use different forms of real property ownership to avoid probate such as tenancy by the entireties, or joint tenants with rights of survivorship. Certain retirement plans and life insurance avoids probate. It’s important to seek the advice of an experienced estate planning attorney to determine what assets you have that may have to go through probate, and what assets you have that are exempt from probate.