Although probate is a very common way for assets to transfer after a death, it is not the only way. Probate can be time consuming because there must be an opportunity provided for creditor claims and because the case must work its way through the probate court system. Fees during probate can eat into the value of an inheritance. Those waiting for their inheritance may also be worried about money as they wait out the probate period. The value of assets can also suffer due to the period of uncertainty or a lack of knowledge on the part of the executor. Find out more about the problem with probate.