Probate Lawyer Blog:  Michigan Probate Attorney Andrew Mayoras has written an interesting article on the latest developments in the probate of murdered ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair.

Questions, problems and complications. Those are usually the result when someone dies without the proper estate planning. Steve McNair should have at least had a basic will. Even better, with a properly-funded revocable living trust, his heirs would have avoided probate court altogether.

One of the biggest benefits for avoiding probate court (other than the costs and legal fees caused by probate) is privacy. Because probate court is very public, the media gets to report on everything that happens.