The first part of answering this question involves understanding what “probate” actually is. When people refer to “probate” they are actually referring to the court-supervised process of administering certain parts of the estate of a deceased (“the probate estate”). The probate process involves many possible elements.
You hear these things advertised on the radio all the time. The DIY or Do-it-yourself wills. It would appear by listening to these ads that the Will is little more than form filling. As opposed to doing nothing, perhaps this is the better option. But there are many things you need to consider when writing a Will that just does not show up as a list of options on a form that you fill in.