In some circles, “probate” almost feels like a dirty word. There are plenty of reasons that a person may prefer to skip the probate process, when possible, but it is a fact of wills and trust administration. The details of probate can vary somewhat from place to place. For example, probate in California will likely be different from probate in Maryland. There are such differences, in fact, that separate proceedings are necessary for an individual with estates in both states. This means that involving a probate lawyer from Bethesda is usually the best choice for those who are local.