It is not necessary for all of the decedent’s property to go through probate only assets that were in the deceased individual’s sole name (that did not pass by virtue of a designated beneficiary on that account) will be part of the probate.  Examples of some assets that are required to pass through probate are: real estate, bank accounts (checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit), investments (stocks, mutual funds, annuities), automobiles, boats, RVs, motorcycles, retirement accounts (401(k), 403(b), IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA), collections (artwork, coins, stamps and comic books), firearms, furniture, and jewelry.