Law is a lot like wrestling.
In both you've got to apply the right hold or, depending on how you stand, the right variation of the right hold.
We reported recently on the two basic ways to hold title to your home--by community property or by joint tenancy.
Readers wrote in their variations of these holds.
Attorney Michael V. Vollmer noted that while it's true that holding title by community property means that your estate would normally go through probate, it isn't always necessarily so.
To avoid probate, a surviving spouse can file, at the Hall of Records, an affidavit, "Death of Community Property Owner," together with a certified copy of the death certificate, pay a small fee, wait 40 days, and--presto! No probate.