If someone in your family died recently, their estate may need to go through probate court before the inheritance can be dispersed. In some cases, you can get your inheritance fast because the estate is small and simple. In those situations, if there’s a will, you may be able to bypass probate and disperse the funds. Some states have dollar limits on the worth of the estate for when the heirs can avoid probate. However, in many cases, you will need to complete what is known as a formal probate process before any heirs can get their part of the estate. The probate process can be lengthy and complicated, which means you won’t have your portion of the estate for months or even longer. It can be confusing to understand how to claim inheritance money. An inheritance advance can help you get by until the probate process is complete and the estate is settled.