A will does not have to go through probate unless there is a transfer of assets by the person who wrote the will, notes Legal Zoom. Some states allow small estates to go through simplified versions of probate.
Some estates have assets that don't require probate in order to transfer them, explains Legal Zoom.
Retirement accounts and life insurance policies that have named beneficiaries pass directly to those beneficiaries when their owners pass away. Some real estate does not require probate; if the title to a piece of real estate is jointly owned, it becomes the property of the remaining owner.