The process of probate can be long, slow, and arduous, so avoiding it can greatly speed up asset distribution to your heir or heirs. Probate can also be costly, so avoiding it can save the estate money. Probate is a public process, which means all documents are public domain. Since everything, including assets, are made public, anyone can look up the estate and see what you inherited, possibly making you vulnerable for thieves or scammers. Believe it or not, probate is a big business for thieves. If privacy is a concern, so if you prefer privacy, avoid probate if possible.