Probate can be a lengthy, and costly, process. In New Hampshire, it takes at least six months to probate an estate because creditors have that long to file claims. Assets cannot be released to beneficiaries until the probate process has reached a conclusion. In addition, everyone involved in the probate of an estate is entitled to a fee for their services, including the Executor, attorney, accountants, and appraisers. As a general rule, the longer it takes to probate the estate, the more it costs to do so. The more it costs to probate the estate, the less assets that are left to pass down to loved ones, ultimately making probate avoidance an attractive goal.