A Living Trust is not a useful vehicle for all clients, but for some clients it is the most useful structure of unique tools to solve estate planning challenges. Sometimes probate can bring unwanted attention to a family's finances. As probate can be a public process, some clients wish to avoid it. While a thoughtful and proper Will and thoughtful estate planning should minimize the costs of probate, the estate does have to go through probate. Transferring your property to a fully-funded living trust can provide an advantage of completely avoiding probate and passing those assets to your designated beneficiaries. There are some potential disadvantages to such a transfer. We discuss the pros and cons of each path with our clients so they can make informed and intelligent decisions on what tools work best for them to meet their estate planning goals.