What assets are considered part of an estate?
Here are kinds of assets that don’t need to go through probate:
- Retirement accounts—IRAs or 401(k)s, for example—for which a beneficiary was named.
- Life insurance proceeds (unless the estate is named as beneficiary, which is rare)
- Property held in a living trust.
- Funds in a payable-on-death (POD) bank account.