Certain assets are not going to pass through the probate courts. This means that the beneficiary can receive them without having to petition the probate court for these assets. These assets include insurance proceeds, certain types of retirement accounts such as TRS accounts available to teachers, other retirement accounts held by certain types of government officials, and assets held in trust. POD accounts also avoid the probate process. You should always consult with an attorney if you have any questions as to what does or does not pass through probate.