A complicated probate is a genealogist's delight. What are the factors that comprise a "complicated" probate. There are a number of things that contribute, but in my experience there are really two main factors:
• A lot of property, both real and personal in various locations
• A major dispute among the heirs
Now if you were an heir in either of these situations, you probably would not think of the probate as being a delight. Depending on how much property is involved and/or how long the heirs want to keep fighting, the legal fees, alone, in a complicated probate can be staggering. But all this makes for a jolly good research opportunity for the persistent genealogist.