The vast majority of the time, when people have taken the time to develop a sound estate plan under the guidance of a lawyer, there won't be a problem when the time comes for probate. In fact, it's estimated that fully 99 percent of wills in the U.S. pass through probate with no problems.
New Jersey fans of James Brown may already know that this Christmas marks the eighth anniversary of his death. By all accounts, Brown's estate plan was meticulously done. It was obvious to those who perused it that he put his soul into its creation. However, that did not stop a will contest from stalling the distribution of his estate since his death.
Ordinarily, when a New Jersey resident has an estate plan, the probate process will go smoothly and is more a matter of routine. However, there is no guarantee that an estate plan will prevent a will contest. Several factors could come into play after an individual passes away, which could be difficult to foresee.