Yes, it is possible to avoid probate.
Depending on the particular circumstances of a given case, some or all assets may pass to joint account holders, payable on death beneficiaries, or a spouse under a community property agreement.
If a person dies owning no real estate and having assets of less than $100,000 it is also possible to avoid probate using something called a small estate affidavit.
Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.